Space re­search

Large antenna in Weilheim, used for the verification of GNSS signals above the noise floor.

Large an­ten­na in Weil­heim

March 19, 2019  DLR's ground sta­tion in Weil­heim, 60 kilo­me­tres south-west of Mu­nich, which was com­mis­sioned in 1969, is the link be­tween Earth and satel­lites. The 30 me­ter large an­ten­na is used to ver­i­fy GNSS sig­nals.

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Group farewell photo

Group farewell pho­to

February 19, 2018  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 2/15, 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

October 4, 2017  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 3/15, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).
Cleaning solar panels

Clean­ing so­lar pan­els

March 2, 2018  DLR's robot Justin cleans the so­lar pan­els in the Mar­tian land­scape. As­tro­naut Scott Tin­gle sends com­mands from the ISS.

Image 4/15, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).
The International Space Station ISS

The In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion ISS

November 19, 2013  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 5/15, Credit: NASA.
Cargo compartment of the ATV-5

Car­go com­part­ment of the ATV-5

July 29, 2014  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 6/15, Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace.
TerraSAR-X radar satellite

Ter­raSAR-X radar satel­lite

April 5, 2019  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 7/15, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
Artist impression of the GRACE satellites and Earth

Artist im­pres­sion of the GRACE satel­lites and Earth

October 17, 2017  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 8/15, Credit: Astrium/GFZ.
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 3 August 2014

Comet 67P/Churyu­mov-Gerasi­menko on 3 Au­gust 2014

August 6, 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 9/15, Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA.
Elevation of the Meridiani

El­e­va­tion of the Merid­i­ani

April 4, 2019  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 10/15, 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

May 16, 2014  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 11/15, Credit: DLR.
The desert lives – the festival is in full swing!

The desert lives – the fes­ti­val is in full swing!

October 24, 2011  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 12/15, Credit: @DLR
The optical ground station in Oberpfaffenhofen

The op­ti­cal ground sta­tion in Oberp­faf­fen­hofen

February 16, 2018  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 13/15, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).
SOFIA test flight in December 2009

SOFIA test flight in De­cem­ber 2009

July 15, 2011  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 14/15, Credit: NASA.

Launch of an Ar­i­anes­pace Soyuz

April 8, 2019  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 15/15, 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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