Author: Ken Kremer

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NASA Ingenuity Chopper Completes Higher 2nd Test Flight Captures 1st Aerial Color Image of Mars

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter successfully completed its second and more ambitious test flight on Mars on April 22 of the first powered aircraft to fly beyond Earth and simultaneously also captured the first ever aerial color image of the Red Planet – a dramatic view of the rovers tracks crisscrossing the Red Planet’s

Recycled SpaceX Crew Dragon and Falcon 9 Hurl NASA ESA JAXA Crew-2 Astronaut Quartet to Space Station: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  The first ever recycled SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 booster utilized for a human spaceflight mission hurled the multinational NASA, ESA and JAXA veteran astronaut quartet to the International Space Station (ISS) for a six month science mission in a stunning predawn launch from the Florida Space Coast this

NASA Ingenuity Helicopter Targets Ambitious 2nd Martian Test Flight to ‘Go Bigger’ on April 22

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  Following up on the paradigm shifting history making 1st flight of NASA’s experimental Ingenuity mini helicopter earlier this week on Monday, April 19, the gleeful chopper team is now targeting early Thursday, April 22, for the 2nd and more ambitious test flight of the first powered aircraft beyond Earth – on the

NASA Ingenuity Helicopter Succeeds Brilliantly at Historic 1st Test Flight on Another World – Mars !

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – In a paradigm shifting moment for space exploration human ingenuity triumphed under the most trying of flight conditions early this Monday morning when NASA’s experimental Ingenuity mini helicopter succeeded brilliantly at accomplishing its history making attempt at making the first powered flight by an aircraft beyond Earth – on the Planet Mars!

NASA Targets Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Historic Test Flight Apr 19 after Software Update and Successful Spin Test: Watch Live

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – NASA is targeting early Monday, April 19, for the history making first ever controlled test flight of the experimental Ingenuity Mars helicopter on the Red Planet after successfully updating the software to avoid glitches that postponed the inaugural test from last week and then completing a required high speed spin test of the

Crew-2 Astronauts and NASA SpaceX Launch Teams Practice Procedures and Complete Static Fire Test for April 22 Launch

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Its been a busy weekend of prelaunch activities and accomplishing two key required milestones as the four astronauts flying on the NASA SpaceX Crew-2 mission bound for a six month stay at the International Space Station (ISS) and launch teams completed a full countdown dress rehearsal of the launch day events

Russian American Soyuz Trio with NASA’s Kate Rubins Returns Safely to Earth after 6 Month Stay Aboard International Space Station

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  A Russian American trio of spaceflyers including one NASA astronaust and two cosmonauts return safely to Earth this morning seated inside their cramped Russian Soyuz capsule, Saturday, April, 17 after an action packed and science filled six month stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS). NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, along with Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey

NASA, SpaceX GO for April 22 Launch 4 Astronauts to International Space Station: Photos

  For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  NASA and SpaceX announced they are GO for launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission with four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) following the successful conclusion of the joint Flight Readiness Review (FRR) held at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The NASA and SpaceX launch teams are