Month: June 2021

China Names 3 Astronauts for Next Human Spaceflight Mission on Shenzhou-12 Launching June 17 to New Space Station

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Chinese space officials named the crew for the country’s next human spaceflight mission now targeting launch on the Shenzhou-12 capsule on Thursday, June 17 on the first crewed mission to their new space station Tiangong – orbiting in low Earth orbit since liftoff in late April. The three man crew was revealed

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Completes Successful 7th Flight with Touchdown at New ‘Airfield’

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Continuing its astounding first in flight foray on another world NASA’s history making Ingenuity Helicopter successfully completed its 7th test flight on the Red Planet last week and with “no anomalies” unlike the prior flight three weeks earlier – while landing again at a new airfield on its 2nd operational flight transitioning

Hello Ganymede! NASA’s Juno Orbiter Captures Spectacular 1st UpClose Images of Jupiter Moon in 2 Decades

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  Hello, Ganymede! Its been a long time! NASA’s Juno Jupiter Orbiter captured the first up close images of Jupiter’s largest moon we’ve seen in two decades. The spectacular views were gathered during Juno’s ‘historic’ first close flyby of the giant Jovian moon on Monday, June 7. The first two of as many

Midnight Sunday Streak Hurls SiriusXM SXM-8 Digital Radio Satellite to Orbit on SpaceX Falcon 9: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM TITUSVILLE, FL – Just past midnight Sunday, June 6, the SiriusXM SXM-8 digital audio radio satellite was hurled to orbit atop a ‘flight-proven’ SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket but soon disappeared behind low and thick clouds that mostly obscured the view but nonetheless delighted spectators with the cracking engine roar reverberating around the Florida Space Coast and