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.

Mole on the Move on Mars InSight Lander

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL- The German Mole is on the move at last on Mars on NASA’s InSight lander after a lot of hard work by engineers on both sides of the Atlantic have has finally paid off trying to save the stuck deep penetrating heat probe on the agency’s spacecraft designed explore the deep interior of

Boeing Starliner Crew Capsule Coming Together for Uncrewed Maiden Test Flight to ISS in December

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER/CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION – At last after years of development effort and delays its finally getting real as all the key flight hardware for the maiden uncrewed test flight of the Boeing Starliner commercial crew capsule is coming together for its first blastoff on a shakedown cruise to the International Space Station

1st RS-25 Engine Attached to NASA Artemis 1 SLS Core Stage

Engineers and technicians at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans have structurally mated the first of four RS-25 engines to the core stage for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will help power the first Artemis mission to the Moon. Credit: NASA/Jude Guidry For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL/MICHOUD ASSEMBLY FACILITY, LA – The first of

SLS Core Stage Pathfinder Goes Vertical in VAB at KSC: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The recently arrived and massive 212 foot long, 228,000 pound core stage Pathfinder mock-up for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket was lifted to the vertical position inside the Vehicle Assembly Building’s (VAB) transfer aisle and then into High Bay 3 this past week at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center – by

NASA Astronauts Koch, Meir Complete Historic 1st All-Female Spacewalk: Complete Video

For Spaceupclose.com and RocketSTEM Cape Canaveral, FL – A dynamic duo of NASA women astronauts – Christina Koch and Jessica Meir – made history Friday, Oct. 18 when they carried out and successfully completed history’s 1st all-female spacewalk soaring some 250 miles (400 km) above Earth while working and floating outside the International Space Station (ISS) on a critical job

Space UpClose News Website Revamped and Relaunched

Hello Space fans throughout the Galaxy, Today I’m announcing the relaunch of Space UpClose main news website here at Spaceupclose.com as my primary outlet for covering the latest news about space. The website has been completely revamped and will report daily news and analysis related to both short and long term impact. Spaceupclose.com forthwith will now immediately take over the

NASA ICON Probe Launches to Study Earth’s Dynamic Ionospheric Interface with Space After Long Delay

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER & CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL –NASA’s newest science mission named ICON launched at last tonight, Oct. 10, to begin the most detailed study ever of Earth’s ionosphere – the tenuous upper atmospheric layer at the interface of the dynamic boundary where Earth’s weather meets space weather – via an air-drop launch of the Northrop Grumman