A perfect sunrise on the first flying day of the 25th DLR parabolic flight campaign – on the morning of 27 October 2014 at 07:45 CET, the first rays of the Sun bathe the Airbus A300 ZERO-G parabolic flight aircraft in a pleasant orange light at Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport. At this time, scientists and technicians had already been at work for two hours preparing the aircraft.
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DLR scientist Lucie Poulet (right) conducted geological experiments during the simulated Mars mission on Hawaii. The scientist donned a spacesuit to keep the simulation as realistic as possible.
Image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko acquired by Rosetta’s OSIRIS camera on 3 August 2014 at a distance of 285 kilometres. The resolution is 5.3 metres per pixel.
ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA.
6555 kilograms of cargo were stowed on board the European space transporter ATV-5 ‘Georges Lemaître’. This included food for the astronauts, supplies of fuel, water and air, and scientific experiments. On 30 July 2014, the Automated Transfer Vehicle lifted off en route to the International Space Station.
The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has developed the satellite, receiver and helical antenna for the AISat mission. The satellite will receive signals from ships while orbiting at an altitude of 660 kilometres, using a directional antenna.
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is delivering the first final digital elevation models from the TanDEM-X mission for scientific use. Here, a detailed view around the Krasheninnikov Caldera and Kronotsky Volcano is presented as a shaded relief map. Maps of this kind using TanDEM-X data permit analyses of possible lava flow, used to determine endangered areas.
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) Eu:CROPIS Mission will enable scientists to conduct experiments to determine whether tomato plants will grow and bear fruit in a closed life support system under lunar and Martian conditions. The satellite with two greenhouses on board is scheduled for launch in 2016.
On 20 November 1998, the first component of the ISS was launched. This 'heavenly' construction began with the Russian Zarya module, a cargo and control module. Today, six astronauts live and work 365 days a year in the space research laboratory. Also on board are numerous experiments supported by scientists at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) or funded by the DLR Space Administration.
The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest artificial object in Earth orbit and is jointly operated by the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada and the European Space Agency.
The International Space Station (ISS) consists of several accommodation and laboratory modules. On the exterior, robotic arms are installed to facilitate extravehicular activities by the astronauts. Currently, six astronauts are living and working in the orbiting research laboratory.
The DLR MIRO is the second generation of a versatile robot arm for surgical applications, developed at the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics. With its low weight of 10 kg and dimensions similar to those of the human arm, the MIRO robot can assist the surgeon directly at the operating table where space is limited.
Telepresence technology can be used to inspect, maintain and repair unsafe or inaccessible industrial facilities from a safe distance. Transparent data transfer for the visual, auditory and tactile senses enables a human to control a robot such as Space Justin remotely, as if it was right there.
The DLR Hand-Arm System does not only look human-like – thanks to its flexibility it can also be moved like a human arm. Those at AUTOMATICA will be able to see how HASy catches balls thrown by humanoid robot Agile Justin.
520 days without sunlight, fresh air, nor direct contact with the outside world – the six participants in the Mars500 mission had to forego many things while travelling to Mars and back in their virtual spaceship. The sealed door of the Mars500 container opened on 4 November 2011. Situated at the Institute for Biomedical Problems (IBMP) in Moscow, the ‘Marsonauts’ had simulated a voyage through space and conducted a large number of experiments since 3 June 2010.
The tents and vehicles are clearly visible in this radar image. The artificial structures have been coloured to make them more easily visible; the actual radar image is black and white.
Short Arm Human Centrifuge at the DLR Institute of Space Medicine in Cologne. It allows to simulate artificial gravity.
DLR / Markus Steur .
SOFIA is a joint project of NASA and DLR. The astronomical observation flights take place at night. This photo was taken during a daytime test flight, during which the telescope hatch was opened for testing purposes.
A total of 11 instruments on the spacecraft 'Rosetta' and 10 experiments on the lander 'Philae', including several involving DLR, will gather data during the first close encounter with a comet.
Elevation of the Meridiani Planum, located at the northern edge of the Southern Highlands of Mars. The region is located at about 2°N,352°E and lies between the Tharsis volcanic region to the west and the low-lying Hellas Planitia impact basin to the southeast. Meridiani Planum spans 127 x 63 kilometres, equivalent to an area of roughly 8000 square kilometres, about the size of Cyprus. This image was created using a Digital Terrain Model obtained from the High Resolution Stereo Camera on the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft. Elevation data is colour-coded: purple indicates the lowest-lying regions and beige the higher elevations. The scale is in metres. Copyright note: As a joint undertaking by DLR, ESA and FU Berlin, the Mars Express HRSC images are published under a Creative Commons licence since December 2014: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. This licence will also apply to all HRSC images released to date.
ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.
SOFIA during test observations of the night sky in March 2008. The opening in the fuselage of the converted Boeing 747SP provides a glimpse of the 2.5-metre infrared telescope, built in Germany.
DLR has operated a near-polar ground station on the O'Higgins peninsula in Antarctica for several years, and has pioneered the construction and operation of ground stations in the Antarctic. The TanDEM-X mission will use a global network of more than 10 ground stations.