Check out a collection of our prelaunch photos of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon taken at pad 39A by the Space UpClose team of Ken Kremer and Jean Wright.
On September 15 the crew of Inspiration4, the world’s first all-civilian human spaceflight mission launched to orbit at 8:02:56 PM EDT (0002:56 GMT) shortly after sunset Wednesday evening on a now thrice flown SpaceX Falcon 9 from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Check out our launch story with additional launch photos taken at the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39 Press Site and remote cameras at pad 39A.
Inspiration4 is the world’s first all civilian mission to low Earth orbit with a crew of four private people
The four-person crew will spend three days in orbit after liftoff but will not be docking to the International Space Station (ISS).
The three day mission will conclude with splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of Florida slated for 7:06 p.m. ET
My commentary and analysis about Inspiration4 has been featured in several stories on WKMG CBS News Orlando and WFTV ABC News Orlando on Sep 13, 14 and 15.
Ken and Jean are onsite at KSC for live reporting of the Inspiration4 mission.
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For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – NASA’s Orion Artemis 1 spacecraft captured stunning up close imagery of the tortured lunar surface terrain during the unpiloted vehicles 1st close flyby orbiting around the Moon’s far side on Flight Day 6 of the test flight mission on 21 Nov. 2022. I’ve created a trio of up close lunar mosaics from
For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – NASA’s uncrewed Orion spacecraft has departed lunar orbit after successfully completing the critical distant retrograde orbit departure burn on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 1 – the first of two thruster firings that sets the spacecraft up for its final close lunar flyby and starts the return journey to Earth with a splashdown