Author: Ken Kremer

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Recycled SpaceX Falcon 9 Goes Vertical for May 15 Sunset Saturday Starlink KSC Launch: Watch Live

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  Another recycled SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is poised for liftoff near sunset Saturday, May 15, after going vertical at pad 39 with the next batch of Starlink broadband internet satellites this morning at Florida’s Spaceport. SpaceX is targeting Saturday, May 15 for its next Starlink mission launching aboard the Falcon 9

Long-Time KSC Director and Astronaut Bob Cabana Promoted to NASA Associate Administrator at Headquarters

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  Newly confirmed and sworn in NASA Administrator Sen. Bill Nelson announced that long-time Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Director and veteran Space Shuttle Commander Robert D. Cabana, has been tapped to become NASA Associate Administrator at agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. effective Monday, May 17, replacing Steve Jurczyk who is retiring. The

OSIRIS-REx Snaps Parting Shot of Bennu Departs for Earth with Treasure Trove of Primordial Asteroid Samples

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – NASA’s bold and wildly successful OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successful fired up its main engine for seven minutes Monday afternoon, May 10, to bid adieu and depart Asteroid Bennu placing the probe on a trajectory heading for a return to Earth in 2023 and delivery of a treasure trove of pristine primordial asteroid material

NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter Completes First One-Way Trip on Mars at Record Breaking Altitude

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  NASA’s history making Ingenuity Helicopter continues its astonishing mission with another pair of envelope stretching firsts by completing the first ever one way trip to a new airfield in the direction the Perseverance rover is heading and then soaring skyward to a new record high altitude above Mars during above Mars during

SpaceX Achieves Astounding Reuse Milestone with Record Setting Launch of 1st 10th Flown Booster Middle of the Night on Mother’s Day: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FL –  SpaceX achieved another astounding rocket reusability milestone with the record-setting 10th launch to space of the fleet-leading Falcon 9 first stage booster B1051 during a magnificent middle-of-the night vault to orbit with 5 dozen Starlink internet satellites on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9 from Florida’s Spaceport The dawn of

SpaceX Set to Expand Reusability Envelope with Record Setting 10th Launch of Falcon 9 Booster Overnight May 9: Watch Live/Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FL –  SpaceX is about to set another astounding rocket reusability record and expand the envelop of reuse as they prepare for the record setting 10th launch to space of a Falcon 9 first stage booster overnight tonight, Sunday May 9 from the Florida Space Coast – which coincidentally coincides with

Hear Astounding 1st Sounds Ingenuity Helicopter In-Flight on Mars Recorded by NASA Perseverance: Audio/Video

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  In another astounding first we can now hear the first sounds of NASA’s history making Ingenuity Helicopter whirring rotors while in-flight on Mars in new audio and video and recorded by the Perseverance rover mothership listening and watching nearby during the choppers 4th and most daring and challenging test flight thus far

Ingenuity Mars Chopper Completes Challenging 4th Test Flight and Assumes Operational Support Role

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  NASA’s Ingenuity chopper completed its extremely challenging 4th test flight on Friday, April 30, by again flying faster and farther than ever before – far surpassing all prelaunch objectives during testing on Earth while making history as humanity’s first aircraft to fly beyond Earth. And because of that and the fact that