Author: Ken Kremer

Watch for Ken’s continuing onsite coverage of NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and more space and mission reports direct from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Stay tuned here for Ken's continuing Earth and Planetary science and human spaceflight news. Dr. Kremer is a research scientist and journalist based in the KSC area, active in outreach and interviewed regularly on TV and radio about space topics. Ken’s photos are for sale and he is available for lectures and outreach events.

All-Civilian Inspiration4 Crew of 1st Time Space Travelers Splashdown Safely off Florida Coast in Atlantic Ocean

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – After a history making journey to space the all-civilian Inspiration4 crew of first time space travelers aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule on the first privately financed mission to Earth orbit splashed down safely in the Atlantic Ocean offshore of the Florida Space Coast Saturday, Sept. 18, just before sunset and

Up Close with Inspiration4 Falcon 9 Rocket and Crew Dragon Prelaunch on Pad 39A: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Prior to liftoff of the Inspiration4 mission with the first all civilian crew including no professional astronauts on Wednesday evening, Sept. 15, media photographers had the opportunity to photograph the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule at Launch Complex 39A on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at Florida’s Spaceport. Check

All-Civilian Inspiration4 Crew Launches on Historic Picture Perfect Ride to Orbit on SpaceX Falcon 9: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The all-civilian Inspiration4 crew launched on a  history making first-of-its-kind mission for a picture perfect ride to orbit atop a recycled SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Sept. 15 aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft from Florida’s Space Coast – none of them government or professional astronauts – with the goal of raising

SpaceX Targets Sept. 15 for Falcon 9 Liftoff of Inspiration4 on 1st All-Civilian Mission to Orbit in Crew Dragon: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – SpaceX is targeting Wednesday evening, Sept. 15, for liftoff of the Inspiration4 mission on the world’s first all civilian mission to low Earth orbit with a crew of four private people aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft – none of them government astronauts – with the goal of raising awareness and significant

SpaceX Launches Cargo Dragon Packed with NASA Science to Space Station on Overnight Flight from Florida

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM After a days delay due to inclement weather a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship took flight  on a spectacular middle of the night blastoff this morning, Sunday, Aug. 29, carrying over two tons of science and research investigations and supplies for NASA bound for the International Space Station (ISS) from Florida’s Spaceport. Liftoff of the flight proven two

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Captures Aerial View of Perseverance Rover on 11th Successful Flight

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Can you spot NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover mothership in the new aerial photo – shown above – taken by the agency’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter during its 11th incredible and successful flight above? In addition to photographing Perseverance from above in the thin Martian air Ingenuity is functioning fantastically well as an active

Starliner Test Flight Suffers Setback Facing Lengthy Months Long Delay to Fix Faulty Propulsion Valves

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  The hard luck Boeing Starliner suffered another serious setback Friday involving a many months long launch delay for the critical second test flight to the International Space Station (ISS) when company officials concluded that much more time was needed to fix faulty propulsion valves discovered inside the spaceships service module and forcing a scrub during

Northrop Grumman Launches Cygnus Resupply Ship with 4 Tons NASA Science and Cargo to ISS

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Northrop Grumman successfully launched their commercial Cygnus resupply spacecraft atop the firms Antares rocket loaded with over four tons of science investigations and cargo for NASA to the International Space Station (ISS) at 6:01 p.m. EDT Tuesday evening, August 11, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus NG-16 cargo freighter