Month: January 2019

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Snaps Amazing Red Planet Selfie During US Government Shutdown on the Blue Planet

A selfie taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on Sol 2291 (January 15, 2019) at the “Rock Hall” drill site, located on Vera Rubin Ridge.  Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Ken Kremer  — & RocketSTEM –29 January 2019 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – NASA’s Curiosity rover has snapped an amazing ‘selfie’ of herself this month on the Red Planet – even as the US Government

Opportunity Rover Marks 15 Years on Mars as NASA Implements New Contact Strategy after Dust Storm Silence

This pre-dust storm panoramic mosaic view was one of the last ones taken by NASA’s Opportunity rover and shows the spectacular view from her approximate current position as of June 2018 after traveling halfway down the fluid carved slope of Perseverance Valley – while peering into the interior of vast Endeavour Crater.  This navcam camera photo mosaic was assembled by

SpaceX Conducts Falcon 9 Static Fire Test For 1st Crew Dragon, Targets February KSC Launch of Demo-1

SpaceX conducted critical hold down static fire test of first integrated Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon at 4 PM ET, Jan. 24, 2019 for Demo-1 mission raised vertical at historic Launch Complex 39A in Florid, preparing to return human spaceflight capabilities to the United States with 1st uncrewed test flight NET mid-February 2019.  Credit: Ken Kremer/ Ken Kremer  — & RocketSTEM

SpaceX Crew Dragon Mock-Up Sails into Port Canaveral on Astronaut Recovery Ship: Photos

SpaceX Crew Dragon mock-up sails into Port Canaveral, FL atop the astronaut recovery ship GO Searcher on Jan. 16, 2019. The capsule is seen here atop the deck with hoisting crane on Jan. 19 that will pluck it aboard after Atlantic Ocean splashdowns and return from the ISS. Credit: Ken Kremer/ Ken Kremer  — & RocketSTEM –20 January 2019 PORT CANAVERAL,

Elon Musk Says SpaceX Assembles Silvery Stainless Steel ‘Starship’ Prototype: Photos

SpaceX first ‘Starship’ hopper test rocket assembled at Boca Chica facility in South, Texas in Jan. 2019 with a space suited human standing below for scale. Credit: SpaceX/Elon Musk  Ken Kremer  — & RocketSTEM –19 January 2019 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Elon Musk says his new space aerospace firm SpaceX has assembled the first prototype of his ‘Starship’ test flight rocket

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Achieves Orbit Around Asteroid Bennu

On Dec. 31, 2018 NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft went into orbit around asteroid Bennu for the first time.  Bennu is the smallest body ever orbited by a spacecraft.   Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin Space Ken Kremer  — & RocketSTEM –17 January 2019 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  Just hours before the stroke of New Years midnight NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft fired its thrusters for