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News Archive / Tagged: German Aerospace Center

  • European MASCOT spacecraft successfully lands on asteroid Ryugu

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 5th, 2018

    An asteroid that could strike Earth is being studied by spacecraft, landers and rovers to provide clues about this potential threat.

  • Understanding Venus: New facility to simulate conditions on Earth’s twin planet

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 3rd, 2018

    The German Space Agency (DLR) has opened a new simulation facility at its Planetary Spectroscopy Laboratory (PSL) in Berlin. The facility could help scientists better understand the surface of Venus hidden behind the planet’s dense atmosphere.

  • Sierra Nevada partners with German Aerospace Center to develop Dream Chaser

    Collin SkocikApril 19th, 2015

    Although the versatile Dream Chaser spacecraft, developed by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC ) Space Systems, was rejected by NASA under the U.S. space agency’s Commercial Crew Program, the company is proceeding with the development of its ambitious mini shuttle by joining with Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR ), the German Aerospace Center.

  • Germany wraps up a successful year in space

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 3rd, 2015

    The past year – was a very successful and eventful one for the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Germany was active in the field of human spaceflight as the country’s astronaut, Alexander Gerst, spent six months aboard the International Space Station. DLR also played the lead role in the European Space Agency’s (ESA ) Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. […]

  • Testing begins on a new instrument to be added to NASA’s flying observatory

    Britt RawcliffeJune 5th, 2014

    NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is getting outfitted with a new instrument which is set to provide astronomers and scientists with observations only possible from the sky. The high-resolution, mid-infrared spectrograph, called the Echelon-Cross-Echelle Spectrograph (EXES), began testing on the nights of April 7 and 9, according to Matthew Richter, leader of the […]

  • 2016 InSight mission to Mars given the go ahead for construction

    Britt RawcliffeMay 20th, 2014

    This Monday, NASA’s Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) team was given the “green light” to begin construction on their spacecraft that will launch to Mars in 2016. Back in February, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of the National Center of Space Studies of France (CNES), signed […]

  • FOR RENT: NASA/DLR SOFIA Boeing 747 flying observatory for $1 million a flight

    Jacques van OeneApril 3rd, 2014

    NASA made it public recently that the space agency will stop flying its Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Boeing 747 beginning with fiscal year 2015 (October 1, 2014). The reasons it gave for canceling the $1.1 billion telescope-equipped aircraft “Contributions to astronomical science will be significantly less than originally envisioned.”

  • NASA Observatory Selects Educator Teams for 2014 Science Flights

    Press ReleaseJanuary 10th, 2014

    NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, will become a flying classroom for teachers during research flights in the next few months.

  • NASA’s Dawn fills out its Ceres dance card

    Press ReleaseDecember 8th, 2013

    It’s going to be a ball when NASA’s Dawn spacecraft finally arrives at the dwarf planet Ceres, and mission managers have now inked in the schedule on Dawn’s dance card.