Year: 2018

Welcome Aboard Soyuz Crew! Multinational Trio Launches Safely, Docks Successfully at ISS

A Soyuz booster rocket launches the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 carrying Expedition 58 Soyuz crew to the ISS – as seen and photographed from the ISS by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst.   Ken Kremer  — & RocketSTEM –3 December 2018 KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  The International Space Station (ISS) is

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sampler Set to Rendezvous with Target Bennu Dec. 3: Watch Live

This “super-resolution” view of asteroid Bennu was created using eight images obtained by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on Oct. 29, 2018, from a distance of about 205 miles (330 kilometers).  Rendezvous with target asteroid, Bennu, slated for Dec. 3, 2018. Credits: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona Ken Kremer  — & RocketSTEM –2 December 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sampling spacecraft is

1st Soyuz Crew Since Emergency Abort Set for ISS Launch Dec 3: Rollout Photos, Watch Live

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 58 crew members Anne McClain of NASA (left), Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos (center) and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency (right) pose for pictures Nov. 20, 2018 in front of their Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft.  Launch slated for Dec. 3, 2018. Credits: NASA/Victor Zelentsov Ken Kremer  — & RocketSTEM –2

New SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Completes Nighttime Static Fire Test for NASA Cargo Launch to ISS Dec. 4

SpaceX conducts successful nighttime static fire test of new Falcon 9 first stage engines at 10:20 p.m. EDT on Nov. 30 at Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for CRS-16 resupply mission to the ISS targeted for launch Dec. 4, 2018.  Credit: Ken Kremer/ Ken Kremer  — & RocketSTEM –30 November 2018 TITUSVILLE, FL –  An all new

Orion’s 1st European Service Module Unveiled at KSC for NASA’s 1st Moon Test Flight on SLS: Photos

ESA’s first European Service Module for NASA Orion crew capsule is unveiled at welcoming ceremony at Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 16, 2018 including remarks by ESA Director General Jan Wörner.  Credit: Ken Kremer/ Ken Kremer  — & RocketSTEM –28 November 2018 KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The first European-built Service Module built

NASA’s InSight Lander Deploys Solar Panels after Surviving ‘7 Minutes of Terror’ Descent to Mars, Snaps 2nd Beautiful Photo

The Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC), located on the robotic arm of NASA’s InSight lander, took this picture of the Martian surface on Nov. 26, 2018, the same day the spacecraft touched down on the Red Planet. The camera’s transparent dust cover is still on in this image, to prevent particulates kicked up during landing from settling on the camera’s lens.

InSight Sticks Flawless Mars Landing –Transmits Terrific 1st Surface Touchdown Photo

@NASAInSight sent home its first photo after #MarsLanding on Nov. 26, 2018: InSight’s view is a flat, smooth expanse called Elysium Planitia, but its workspace is below the surface, where it will study Mars’ deep interior. Ken Kremer  — & RocketSTEM –26 November 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  Congratulations InSight !!! NASA’s newest Mars mission the Insight Lander sticks flawless Mars

NASA InSight Landing on Mars: ‘7 Minutes of Terror’ Timeline

Artist’s impression of NASA InSight’s entry, descent and landing at Mars, scheduled for Nov. 26, 2018.  Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech Ken Kremer  — & RocketSTEM –25 November 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  If all goes well Mars will welcome get a new inhabitant in less than 24 hours when NASA’s newest probe to Mars, the InSight lander is slated to make a soft

How Will NASA’s InSight Spacecraft Land on Mars Nov. 26? JPL Chief Engineer Rob Manning Explains: Video

Video Caption: When NASA’s InSight descends to the Red Planet on Nov. 26, 2018, it’s guaranteed to be a white-knuckle event. Rob Manning, chief engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, explains the critical steps that must happen in perfect sequence to get NASA’s InSight robotic lander safely to the surface on Nov. 26, 2018. Credit: NASA JPL Ken Kremer  — &

SpaceX Tilts Recovered Falcon 9 1st Stage Horizontal, Returns Legless to Cape for Reuse: Photos

Tilting and lowering of recovered/landed SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage midday, Nov 21, 2018 vertical to horizontal using 2 cranes onto wheeled transporter for shipment back to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL and eventual relaunch. Dramatically backdropped by NASA’s iconic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in this overhead view from Exploration Tower.   Credit: Ken Kremer/ Ken Kremer  — & RocketSTEM –22