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Spain joins Copernicus Sentinel Collaborative Ground Segment


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Today, ESA and Spain’s Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology signed an understanding that will boost Spain’s access to Copernicus Sentinel data.

#earth #science #space #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Spain joins Copernicus Sentinel Collaborative Ground Segment


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Today, ESA and Spain’s Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology signed an understanding that will boost Spain’s access to Copernicus Sentinel data.

#earth #science #space #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

A very good start






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The first spacewalk to service the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) could not have gone better. Lead spacewalker ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano is imaged here hitching a ride on the International Space Station’s 16-metre long robotic arm to kick off the first of four ventures to service the particle physics detector on 15 November.

While all spacewalks are a carefully planned and detailed affair, the four spacewalks for AMS are exceptionally difficult as the bus-sized dark matter detector was never designed to be maintained in space. But after three successful years of delivering ground breaking science, the decision was made to extend its lifetime.

The cooling pumps for AMS-02 need maintenance and without them it will no longer be able to collect data on the cosmic rays that are bombarding our planet. The first question spacewalk designers had to answer whether this was even possible.

The first spacewalk proved it was not only possible, but thanks to the planning and trained that began as early as 2017, Luca and his spacewalking partner Andrew Morgan could achieve more than scheduled – setting them in good stead for the next phase.

The spacewalk began, as they all do, with “prebreathing” for up to two hours. Similar to scuba divers, astronauts can suffer from the ‘bends’: quickly changing pressure can turn the nitrogen in human bodies into bubbles with serious symptoms. To avoid this, astronauts breathe pure oxygen to purge their bodies of nitrogen.

Luca and NASA astronaut Drew Morgan left the depressurised Quest airlock at 13:10 CET (12:10 GMT), with Luca grabbing the ride to AMS on the robotic arm controlled by NASA astronaut Jessica Meir while Drew ferried handrails and equipment by hand to the worksite.

The main task of this spacewalk was to remove the debris shield covering AMS, with an estimated three hours portioned for this task. Luca and Drew managed to jettison the debris shield to burn up safely in Earth’s atmosphere well ahead of schedule.

Luca and Drew also installed three handrails in the vicinity of AMS to prepare for the next spacewalks and removed zip ties on the AMS’ vertical support strut.

Amazingly, the duo were still well ahead of the six hours planned for the main task of removing the debris shield.

When time permits, mission control give spacewalkers some “get ahead” tasks. Although there were no get-ahead tasks planned for this spacewalk the duo was so far ahead of schedule that mission control agreed they continue work originally planned for the second AMS spacewalk. Luca removed the screws from a carbon-fibre cover under the insulation and passed the cover to Drew to jettison once again.

The pair cleaned up, took some photos of their killer views, gathered tools, and made their way back to the airlock, clocking in 6 hours and 39 minutes for this promising start to AMS maintenance.

The next spacewalk is scheduled for 22 November. Watch the spacewalk via ESA Web TV.

Got questions about AMS? Post them using the hashtag #SpacewalkForAMS on Twitter and follow the hashtag for the latest.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

A very good start






Image:

The first spacewalk to service the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) could not have gone better. Lead spacewalker ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano is imaged here hitching a ride on the International Space Station’s 16-metre long robotic arm to kick off the first of four ventures to service the particle physics detector on 15 November.

While all spacewalks are a carefully planned and detailed affair, the four spacewalks for AMS are exceptionally difficult as the bus-sized dark matter detector was never designed to be maintained in space. But after three successful years of delivering ground breaking science, the decision was made to extend its lifetime.

The cooling pumps for AMS-02 need maintenance and without them it will no longer be able to collect data on the cosmic rays that are bombarding our planet. The first question spacewalk designers had to answer whether this was even possible.

The first spacewalk proved it was not only possible, but thanks to the planning and trained that began as early as 2017, Luca and his spacewalking partner Andrew Morgan could achieve more than scheduled – setting them in good stead for the next phase.

The spacewalk began, as they all do, with “prebreathing” for up to two hours. Similar to scuba divers, astronauts can suffer from the ‘bends’: quickly changing pressure can turn the nitrogen in human bodies into bubbles with serious symptoms. To avoid this, astronauts breathe pure oxygen to purge their bodies of nitrogen.

Luca and NASA astronaut Drew Morgan left the depressurised Quest airlock at 13:10 CET (12:10 GMT), with Luca grabbing the ride to AMS on the robotic arm controlled by NASA astronaut Jessica Meir while Drew ferried handrails and equipment by hand to the worksite.

The main task of this spacewalk was to remove the debris shield covering AMS, with an estimated three hours portioned for this task. Luca and Drew managed to jettison the debris shield to burn up safely in Earth’s atmosphere well ahead of schedule.

Luca and Drew also installed three handrails in the vicinity of AMS to prepare for the next spacewalks and removed zip ties on the AMS’ vertical support strut.

Amazingly, the duo were still well ahead of the six hours planned for the main task of removing the debris shield.

When time permits, mission control give spacewalkers some “get ahead” tasks. Although there were no get-ahead tasks planned for this spacewalk the duo was so far ahead of schedule that mission control agreed they continue work originally planned for the second AMS spacewalk. Luca removed the screws from a carbon-fibre cover under the insulation and passed the cover to Drew to jettison once again.

The pair cleaned up, took some photos of their killer views, gathered tools, and made their way back to the airlock, clocking in 6 hours and 39 minutes for this promising start to AMS maintenance.

The next spacewalk is scheduled for 22 November. Watch the spacewalk via ESA Web TV.

Got questions about AMS? Post them using the hashtag #SpacewalkForAMS on Twitter and follow the hashtag for the latest.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Galileo, Galileo...

One man's mistake, missing backups and complete reboot: The tale of Europe’s Galileo satellites going dark • The Register

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/11/08/galileo_satellites_outage/

Like any complex system, Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system has multiple points of weakness. Starting with the fact that while it has 26 satellites in its constellation vs. 24 required to achieve its specified accuracy, only 21 of them currently actually work.

But as with any complex system, it's when multiple failure modes start stacking on top of each other that it all drops in the pot. And often — as in this case — many of the weaknesses in the system are human.

Also, we now know that it takes about three days to completely reboot the Galileo navigation system. Don't ask the EGSA how they know this. The question seems to make them cranky.

#space #navigation #complexity
 

Galileo, Galileo...

One man's mistake, missing backups and complete reboot: The tale of Europe’s Galileo satellites going dark • The Register

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/11/08/galileo_satellites_outage/

Like any complex system, Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system has multiple points of weakness. Starting with the fact that while it has 26 satellites in its constellation vs. 24 required to achieve its specified accuracy, only 21 of them currently actually work.

But as with any complex system, it's when multiple failure modes start stacking on top of each other that it all drops in the pot. And often — as in this case — many of the weaknesses in the system are human.

Also, we now know that it takes about three days to completely reboot the Galileo navigation system. Don't ask the EGSA how they know this. The question seems to make them cranky.

#space #navigation #complexity
 

Craving for cold isolation – research doctor rotation in Antarctica








Did you know the largest desert in the world is also the coldest place in the world? In the heart of Antarctica, where temperatures can drop to –80°C, life is so hard there is no life to be found as even bacteria cannot survive.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Craving for cold isolation – research doctor rotation in Antarctica








Did you know the largest desert in the world is also the coldest place in the world? In the heart of Antarctica, where temperatures can drop to –80°C, life is so hard there is no life to be found as even bacteria cannot survive.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Moonrise at Europe's mission control






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After a spooky day of spacecraft operations, a crescent Moon rises over ESA's mission control in Darmstadt, Germany. Just next to it, to the bottom-right, Jupiter can be seen shining in the Sun's reflected light.

This Halloween photo was taken in the 'H-buidling', where the model International Space Station hovers welcoming tour groups, visitors and those who spend their days keeping Europe's missions up and running.

Find out more about what goes on at the Operations Centre, here.

#operations #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Moonrise at Europe's mission control






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After a spooky day of spacecraft operations, a crescent Moon rises over ESA's mission control in Darmstadt, Germany. Just next to it, to the bottom-right, Jupiter can be seen shining in the Sun's reflected light.

This Halloween photo was taken in the 'H-buidling', where the model International Space Station hovers welcoming tour groups, visitors and those who spend their days keeping Europe's missions up and running.

Find out more about what goes on at the Operations Centre, here.

#operations #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Tempus device live streams patient data from air ambulance to receiving hospital






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Medical emergencies are set to be better managed thanks to air ambulances being equipped with space-enabled technology.

Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex – which treats some 2,500 of the most seriously injured and ill patients each year in the south east of England – is to equip all its aircraft with devices developed in collaboration with ESA.

The equipment enables paramedics to live stream patient medical information – including electrocardiogram, body temperature, heart rhythm, pulse and respiration rate and blood pressure – via satellite or mobile phone network from the air ambulance to the hospital doctors who are due to take over their treatment.

The satellite link allows two‐way real-time consultations, which will help the air ambulance crew to take rapid clinical and transport decisions. It enables seamless electronic patient care reporting as the casualty leaves the care of the air ambulance crew and enters hospital.

#telecommunications #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Tempus device live streams patient data from air ambulance to receiving hospital






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Medical emergencies are set to be better managed thanks to air ambulances being equipped with space-enabled technology.

Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex – which treats some 2,500 of the most seriously injured and ill patients each year in the south east of England – is to equip all its aircraft with devices developed in collaboration with ESA.

The equipment enables paramedics to live stream patient medical information – including electrocardiogram, body temperature, heart rhythm, pulse and respiration rate and blood pressure – via satellite or mobile phone network from the air ambulance to the hospital doctors who are due to take over their treatment.

The satellite link allows two‐way real-time consultations, which will help the air ambulance crew to take rapid clinical and transport decisions. It enables seamless electronic patient care reporting as the casualty leaves the care of the air ambulance crew and enters hospital.

#telecommunications #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Earth from Space: The Netherlands






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In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over part of the Netherlands for an ESA open day.

See also The Netherlands to download the image.

#earth #science #space #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Earth from Space: The Netherlands






Video: 00:02:40

In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over part of the Netherlands for an ESA open day.

See also The Netherlands to download the image.

#earth #science #space #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 
U.S. military’s X-37B spaceplane lands in Florida – Spaceflight Now

Very cool. A step towards a reusable space place.
#space #rocket
U.S. military’s X-37B spaceplane lands in Florida
 
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I was flipping through some of my astronomy photos and I came across this, which I must have shoved in there for lack of a better place to stash it. I howled with laughter.

#space #astronomy #funny #humour #Pluto #OhFrank
 
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I was flipping through some of my astronomy photos and I came across this, which I must have shoved in there for lack of a better place to stash it. I howled with laughter.

#space #astronomy #funny #humour #Pluto #OhFrank
 

Serena Auñón-Chancellor Talks to Girls About Life on the Station





#nasa #photo #photography #space
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Serena Auñón-Chancellor Talks to Girls About Life on the Station





#nasa #photo #photography #space
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Volunteer ‘saved’ from North Sea in live Galileo rescue test


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Europe’s Galileo constellation is doing more than providing global navigation services, it is also saving lives. As a real life demonstration of Galileo’s search and rescue capability, a volunteer was cast away in a lifeboat off the Belgian coast, then activated an emergency beacon for rescue.

#navigaton #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Volunteer ‘saved’ from North Sea in live Galileo rescue test


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Europe’s Galileo constellation is doing more than providing global navigation services, it is also saving lives. As a real life demonstration of Galileo’s search and rescue capability, a volunteer was cast away in a lifeboat off the Belgian coast, then activated an emergency beacon for rescue.

#navigaton #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Die digitale Raumfahrt | HNF Blog

Vor fünfzig Jahren landeten Neil Armstrong und Edwin Aldrin auf dem Mond. Ihnen folgten zehn NASA-Kollegen; seitdem betrat kein Mensch mehr den Erdtrabanten. Aber schon im November 1969 lief ein „Lunar Landing Game“ auf dem Rechner einer amerikanischen High School; verfasst hatte es der siebzehnjährige Jim Storer. Sein Programm schuf eine eigene Gattung von Computerspielen.
#history #programming #NHF #LunarLander #space
Die digitale Raumfahrt
 

A Moon Space Elevator Is Actually Feasible and Inexpensive: Study | Observer

Dangling the space elevator at this height would eliminate the need to place a large counterweight near Earth’s orbit to balance out the planet’s massive gravitational pull if the elevator were to be built from ground up. This method would also prevent any relative motion between Earth’s surface and space below the geostationary orbit area from bending or twisting the elevator.

These won’t be problems for the moon because the lunar gravitational pull is significantly smaller and the moon’s orbit is tidally locked, meaning that the moon keeps the same face turned toward Earth during its orbit, therefore no relative motion of the anchor point.

After doing the math, the researchers estimated that the simplest version of the lunar elevator would be a cable thinner than a pencil and weigh about 88,000 pounds, which is within the payload capacity of the next-generation NASA or SpaceX rocket.
https://observer.com/2019/09/moon-space-elevator-lunar-exploration-columbia-study/
#science #space #engineering
 

A Moon Space Elevator Is Actually Feasible and Inexpensive: Study | Observer

Dangling the space elevator at this height would eliminate the need to place a large counterweight near Earth’s orbit to balance out the planet’s massive gravitational pull if the elevator were to be built from ground up. This method would also prevent any relative motion between Earth’s surface and space below the geostationary orbit area from bending or twisting the elevator.

These won’t be problems for the moon because the lunar gravitational pull is significantly smaller and the moon’s orbit is tidally locked, meaning that the moon keeps the same face turned toward Earth during its orbit, therefore no relative motion of the anchor point.

After doing the math, the researchers estimated that the simplest version of the lunar elevator would be a cable thinner than a pencil and weigh about 88,000 pounds, which is within the payload capacity of the next-generation NASA or SpaceX rocket.
https://observer.com/2019/09/moon-space-elevator-lunar-exploration-columbia-study/
#science #space #engineering
 
Space station cargo mission grounded by launch pad fire – Spaceflight Now

#space #rocket #Japan
Space station cargo mission grounded by launch pad fire
 
Live coverage: Mission control loses contact with Indian moon lander – Spaceflight Now

Oh shit
#moon #space #rocket #india
Live coverage: Mission control loses contact with Indian moon lander
 

Plant pot for the Moon


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Technology image of the week: ESA's lunar 3D printing competition winner with a printed version of her design

#engineering #technology #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Plant pot for the Moon


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Technology image of the week: ESA's lunar 3D printing competition winner with a printed version of her design

#engineering #technology #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Register now for ESA’s Moon-themed Open Day


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Registrations are now open for ESA’s Open Day in the Netherlands on Sunday 6 October – your chance to meet astronauts, space experts and see behind the scenes of Europe’s space adventure at ESA’s largest establishment.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Register now for ESA’s Moon-themed Open Day


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Registrations are now open for ESA’s Open Day in the Netherlands on Sunday 6 October – your chance to meet astronauts, space experts and see behind the scenes of Europe’s space adventure at ESA’s largest establishment.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Register now!


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ESA's 8th international workshop on tracking, telemetry and command systems for space will be held at the Agency's operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany from 24-27 September

#operations #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Register now!


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ESA's 8th international workshop on tracking, telemetry and command systems for space will be held at the Agency's operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany from 24-27 September

#operations #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 
NASA Giving Away Apollo-Era Saturn Rocket to Anyone who can Carry it Out

You only have to pay for shipping....
#space #Apollo #rocket
 

Happy birthday, Margaret Hamilton! :)

Computer pioneer Margaret Hamilton was critical to landing astronauts on the moon for the first time on 20 July 1969 and returning them safely a few days later. The young Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) computer programmer and working mother led the team that created the onboard flight software for the Apollo missions, including Apollo 11. The computer system was the most sophisticated of its day. Her rigorous approach was so successful that no software bugs were ever known to have occurred during any crewed Apollo missions. [...]
-> Interview in The Guardian

#NASA #Apollo #Apollo11 #MargaretHamilton #women #space #science
 

Happy birthday, Margaret Hamilton! :)

Computer pioneer Margaret Hamilton was critical to landing astronauts on the moon for the first time on 20 July 1969 and returning them safely a few days later. The young Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) computer programmer and working mother led the team that created the onboard flight software for the Apollo missions, including Apollo 11. The computer system was the most sophisticated of its day. Her rigorous approach was so successful that no software bugs were ever known to have occurred during any crewed Apollo missions. [...]
-> Interview in The Guardian

#NASA #Apollo #Apollo11 #MargaretHamilton #women #space #science
 

From black to green







Technology image of the week: Proba-V shows the rapid recovery of Argentinian grasslands from wildfire burn scars

#engineering #technology #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

From black to green







Technology image of the week: Proba-V shows the rapid recovery of Argentinian grasslands from wildfire burn scars

#engineering #technology #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Space-enabled app for pilots takes to the skies


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An app that integrates navigational data and weather conditions to improve flight safety for pilots has been launched. Its inventors hope to have a full commercial version on sale by the end of the year.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Space-enabled app for pilots takes to the skies


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An app that integrates navigational data and weather conditions to improve flight safety for pilots has been launched. Its inventors hope to have a full commercial version on sale by the end of the year.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

This Thread About Facts About Peeing And Pooping In Space Is Even More Entertaining Than It Sounds | Bored Panda


War keine so tolle Angelegenheit..

@Jörn W @Jörn Warneke
#worldoftoilets #space
This Thread About Facts About Peeing And Pooping In Space Is Even More Entertaining Than It Sounds

Bored Panda: This Thread About Facts About Peeing And Pooping In Space Is Even More Entertaining Than It Sounds (Rokas Laurinavičius)

 
After the 50-days-to-the-moon-series by Fast Company you might be interested in the #history of the #russian #space project? Read the full story here:
 

The Moon camera


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Hasselblad cameras are synonymous with the Apollo missions. We visited Gothenburg to find out how a Swedish camera made it to the Moon.

#human #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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The Moon camera


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Hasselblad cameras are synonymous with the Apollo missions. We visited Gothenburg to find out how a Swedish camera made it to the Moon.

#human #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Beyond live


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Tune in Saturday 20 July to watch the launch of Luca Parmitano to the International Space Station live from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Beyond live


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Tune in Saturday 20 July to watch the launch of Luca Parmitano to the International Space Station live from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Apollo 11 launch pad


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Celebrating 50 years since Apollo 11 blasted off carrying the first humans that would walk on the Moon, Copernicus Sentinel-2 captures this historic launch site

#earth #science #space #esa #europeanspaceagency
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