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Poor Weather Forces SpaceX Postponement of Falcon 9 Starlink Satellite Launch from KSC to Jan. 18 Eve: Photos/Watch Live

PLAYALINDA BEACH/CANAVERAL NATIONAL SEASHORE, FL – Continuing poor weather in the form of excessively high winds and waves forced SpaceX to postpone today’s, Jan. 17, planned liftoff of the 35th Starlink internet satellite mission on a veteran Falcon 9 by one day from Monday to Tuesday evening, Jan. 18 from the Kennedy Space Center – thus continuing a rapid fire

10X Flown SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches 105 Small Satellites to Orbit on Terrific Transporter-3 Rideshare Mission: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM JETTY PARK BEACH/CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FL – Spectacularly sunny Space Coast skies greeted SpaceX on their 2nd launch of 2022, Thursday morning, Jan. 13, on the Transporter-3 mission as part of their commercial rideshare program – carrying over 100 smallsats and cubesats to low earth orbit (LEO) on a veteran Falcon 9 booster now

4x Flown SpaceX Falcon 9 Starlink Booster Returns to Port Canaveral on Droneship from 1st Launch of 2022: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM PORT CANAVERAL/TITUSVILLE, FL – The now 4x flown to space and back SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage recovered booster that launched over four dozen Starlink internet satellites to Low Earth orbit (LEO) last week on the 1st Space Coast liftoff of 2022, returned at last to Port Canaveral, Tuesday morning, Jan. 11, standing tall on the

NASA Webb Telescope Completes Deployments as Primary Mirror Unfolds to Unveil Universe 1st Light

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has at last fully unfurled from its origami like prelaunch state after engineers successfully completed the last major deployment Saturday, Jan. 8, and swung open the last of two three segment side wings to wholly unfold and lock in place its 21-foot (6.5 m) gold-coated primary

NASA Webb Telescope Successfully Deploys Secondary Mirror

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – In another major milestone NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the tripod assembly holding the observatory’s secondary mirror successfully unfolded and latched to deploy the 2.4-foot (0.74-meter) mirror into place – which is essential for reflecting light from the distant Universe gathered by the primary mirror into the powerful science instruments so

James Webb Space Telescope Completes Risky Deployment of Massive Sunshield

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Mission controllers with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have successfully completed the deployment, separation and tensioning of the observatory’s massive five-layered sunshield to pull them completely taut into final operational position on Tuesday, Jan. 4 – which is considered as the most riskiest of actions of the telescopes entire month-long extremely

James Webb Space Telescope Successfully Unfurls Massive Sunshield in Major Milestone

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Mission controllers with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have successfully commanded the full unfurling of the massive 5 layered sunshield on New Year’s Eve Friday evening. Dec. 31 – thereby accomplishing one of the most nail-biting operations of the entire high-stakes month long deployment sequence at a distance of some 400,000