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Group farewell photo

Group farewell pho­to

The international team of scientists and engineers bids farewell to the Neumayer III Antarctic station, leaving behind a total of 10 winter hermits. DLR scientist, Paul Zabel, will be in charge of the EDEN ISS greenhouse until the end of 2018.

Image 1/14, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).
In full splendour: vegetable farming during the EDEN ISS trial run

In full splen­dour: veg­etable farm­ing dur­ing the EDEN ISS tri­al run

From the end of June to the end of August 2017 cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes, peppers, salads and herbs thrived in the test run of the EDEN ISS greenhouse.

Image 2/14, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).
Cleaning solar panels

Clean­ing so­lar pan­els

DLR's robot Justin cleans the solar panels in the Martian landscape. Astronaut Scott Tingle sends commands from the ISS.

Image 3/14, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).
The International Space Station ISS

The In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion ISS

The International Space Station ISS is the largest man-made object in Earth orbit and is operated jointly by the US, Russia, Japan, Canada and the European Space Agency ESA.

Image 4/14, Credit: NASA.
Cargo compartment of the ATV-5

Car­go com­part­ment of the ATV-5

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.

Image 5/14, Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace.
TerraSAR-X radar satellite

Ter­raSAR-X radar satel­lite

TerraSAR-X orbits Earth in a polar orbit at an altitude of 514 kilometres. DLR has provided real-time data that enabled a detailed analysis of the flooded regions.

Image 6/14, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
Artist impression of the GRACE satellites and Earth

Artist im­pres­sion of the GRACE satel­lites and Earth

For more than 15 years, the German-US twin satellites GRACE-1 and GRACE-2 have documented changes in Earth's gravitational field, providing valuable data for better understanding the Earth system, as well as the concrete effects of climate change.

Image 7/14, Credit: Astrium/GFZ.
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 3 August 2014

Comet 67P/Churyu­mov-Gerasi­menko on 3 Au­gust 2014

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.

Image 8/14, Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA.
Elevation of the Meridiani

El­e­va­tion of the Merid­i­ani

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.

Image 9/14, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
Elevation models of the volcanoes on the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula

El­e­va­tion mod­els of the vol­ca­noes on the Rus­sian Kam­chat­ka Penin­su­la

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.

Image 10/14, Credit: DLR.
The desert lives – the festival is in full swing!

The desert lives – the fes­ti­val is in full swing!

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.

Image 11/14, Credit: @DLR
The optical ground station in Oberpfaffenhofen

The op­ti­cal ground sta­tion in Oberp­faf­fen­hofen

The optical ground station in Oberpfaffenhofen serves as a receiving station with its 40-centimetre telescope. It has been designed especially with a view to taking measurements.

Image 12/14, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).
SOFIA test flight in December 2009

SOFIA test flight in De­cem­ber 2009

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.

Image 13/14, Credit: NASA.

Launch of an Ar­i­anes­pace Soyuz

Launch of an Arianespace Soyuz rocket from the European Spaceport in French Guiana on 4 April 2019, carrying four satellites that will soon join the rest of the SES O3b constellation.

Image 14/14, Credit: CNES - Centre National d' Etudes Spatiales

Microgravity experiments, planetary exploration and Earth observation are among the many space research activities conducted by DLR.

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