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News Archive 2022
Matthias Maurer is back on Earth
6 May 2022
German ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer is back on Earth after spending 175 days on the International Space Station (ISS). He landed in the ocean off the coast of Florida on 6 May 2022 at 06:43 CEST aboard the Dragon capsule 'Endurance' with crewmates Kayla Barron, Raja Chari and Thomas Marshburn – all NASA astronauts.
Staffelübergabe im All
3. Mai 2022
Erstmals seit 2011 sind zwei ESA-Astronauten ein paar Tage zeitgleich auf der Internationalen Raumstation ISS: Der Deutsche Matthias Maurer und die Italienerin Samantha Cristoforetti, die seit dem 28. April 2022 mit "Minerva" zum zweiten Mal auf der Raumstation lebt und arbeitet.
The airborne observatory SOFIA to end its mission after eight years of operations
28 April 2022
In a joint statement, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and DLR announced that they have decided to discontinue flight operations by the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) in September 2022.
DLR provides female measuring mannequins for the NASA Artemis I mission
27 April 2022
In 2022, NASA’s Artemis I mission will send a spacecraft capable of supporting a human crew to the Moon for the first time in almost 50 years. On this uncrewed test flight, it will be the twin measuring mannequins Helga and Zohar on board the Orion capsule.
Finale für den 2. und 3. Platz des Mikrolauncher-Wettbewerbs
25. April 2022
Am 25. April 2022 hat die Koordinatorin der Bundesregierung für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Dr. Anna Christmann, während der Preisverleihung im BMWK in Berlin die Rocket Factory Augsburg zum zweiten Gewinner nach der Isar Aerospace Technologies GmbH im vergangenen Jahr gekürt.
German satellite EnMAP launches successfully
1 April 2022
It all began in 2003 with a competition announced by the German Space Agency at DLR as part of the National Space Programme. The task was to design and build a new type of hyperspectral instrument and a satellite to carry it, and to test both the instrument and its satellite for several years in the harsh conditions of space.
NASA's Perseverance rover listens in the thin Martian atmosphere
1 April 2022
Mars has a very thin atmosphere, which at the surface has a density approximately one percent that of Earth's. Until recently, it was unclear whether there is anything to hear there and if it is even possible for sound to be recorded under these conditions.
Environmental data for researchers worldwide
30 March 2022
The Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program (EnMAP) satellite sees the world very differently from the way the people who live there do. The German environmental satellite measures the solar radiation that is reflected by Earth's surface. EnMAP not only captures visible light, but also short-wave infrared.
Mini robots practise grasping space debris
22 March 2022
A challenging feat for a little robot: Honey the Astrobee must grasp and transport Bumble the Astrobee. To pull it off, Honey needs to understand Bumble's trajectory, position itself correctly and avoid a collision at all costs.
Demanding work with a breathtaking view
21 March 2022
The opening of the hatch on the US Quest airlock of the International Space Station (ISS) on 23 March 2022 at 13:55 CET will mark the start of the most challenging task of German astronaut Matthias Maurer's six-month 'Cosmic Kiss' mission.
Determining the weight of Earth from space
17 March 2022
At first glance, masses appear rigid and immobile. However, this is deceptive because they are constantly in motion. Liquid rock shifts in Earth's interior, water is redistributed in large quantities across the oceans and on the continents, and air masses are constantly in flux.
Shipwreck of the 'Endurance' found – safe navigation thanks to satellite data
10 March 2022
Over a century ago, Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance sank in Antarctica, trapped and crushed by the ice. The crew survived and the incredible rescue operation made the polar explorer's expedition legendary.
Satelliten für die Erdbeobachtung – unverzichtbare Helfer im Kampf gegen den Klimawandel
7. März 2022
Der neue Bericht des Weltklimarates macht es deutlicher denn je: Die Weltgemeinschaft muss jetzt handeln. Bereits jetzt seien mehr als 3,3 Milliarden Menschen in hohem Maße von den Auswirkungen des Klimawandels betroffen.
To space from Bremen, via Hanover and Florida
2 March 2022
The Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program (EnMAP) satellite, the first hyperspectral satellite developed and built in Germany, landed safely at NASA's spaceport in Florida on 27 February 2022 at 13:05 local time (19:05 CET).
Matthias Maurer tests concrete on the International Space Station ISS
3 February 2022
How does freshly poured concrete behave in microgravity? And how can this contribute towards environmental protection on Earth? In early February 2022, German ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer conducted research into these issues on board the ISS.
EnMAP will see our Earth in more than just colour
2 February 2022
The Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program (EnMAP) satellite, the first hyperspectral satellite developed and built in Germany, is still in a clean room in Bremen. The final tasks are being carried out and the spacecraft is on the 'home straight'.
31 January 2022
Human cells in a 3D printer that can be used to cover wounds like a sticking plaster – this is the long-term goal of the Bioprint FirstAid experiment. As part of his 'Cosmic Kiss' mission, German ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer has now carried out this series of experiments on the International Space Station ISS.
Fingerprint research to combat harmful bacteria
18 January 2022
Microorganisms exist everywhere where humans are found. And humans are everywhere – not just on Earth, but on the International Space Station (ISS), as well. Some of these microscopic creatures are perfectly harmless, but others can cause serious diseases or even inflict material damage on the ISS.
PLATO clears decisive hurdle
17 January 2022
The European Space Agency (ESA) has given the green light to build the flight models of the spacecraft and science payload for the PLATO mission to search for extrasolar planets. The Critical Milestone Review officially concluded on 11 January 2022. This means that the production of the hardware for the space telescope system can now commence.
Access to the 'SpaceDataHighway'
17 January 2022
The 'Columbus Ka-Band Terminal' (ColKa) has commenced service. The volume of scientific data generated by the experiments on the International Space Station (ISS) is continuously increasing. ColKa gives the Columbus laboratory on the ISS its own direct access to the SpaceDataHighway.
Über 100 Kinder online mit der ISS verbunden
15. Januar 2022
Es ist soweit: Per Videokonferenz sind mehr als 100 Kinder mit der Internationalen Raumstation ISS verbunden. Der deutsche ESA-Astronaut Matthias Maurer entrollt dort einen zehn Meter langen Bilderstreifen. Darauf sind Selbstportraits von Schülerinnen und Schülern zu sehen.
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