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.

Poor Weather Postpones Pegasus Launch of NASA ICON Science Probe to Oct. 10: Watch Live

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER & CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL – After poor Space Coast weather postponed the launch of NASA’s new science mission to study the Earth’s ionosphere – the tenuous upper atmospheric layer at the ‘frontier of space’ forming the dynamic boundary where Earth’s weather meets space weather – known as ICON by 24 hours, the air-drop launch of the Northrop Grumman

Up Close with NASA ICON – Pegasus Rocket Launch Planned Oct. 9 with Poor Weather Outlook after 1 Year Delay: Photos

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER & CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL – NASA’s new science mission to study the Earth’s ionosphere – the tenuous upper atmospheric layer at the ‘frontier of space’ forming the dynamic boundary where Earth’s weather meets space weather – known as ICON, is tentatively slated to launch as early as this Wednesday evening, Oct. 9 from Florida – – as poor weather threatens

NASA Works to Save Mars InSight Lander’s Stuck Heat Probe

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL- NASA engineers are hard at work trying to save the stuck heat probe on the agency’s InSight lander – which is on a mission to explore the deep interior of Mars since successfully soft landing last November.  This past weekend the team commanded InSight to position its robotic arm to assist the spacecraft’s self-hammering heat probe. Known as “the mole,” the probe

Key SpaceX Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test Hardware Arrives KSC

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  The key spaceflight test  hardware required for SpaceX’s next step to eventually launch NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program – namely for the Crew Dragon In-Flight abort test – has arrived at last at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. The human-rated SpaceX Crew Dragon test vehicle and

Multinational Soyuz Crew Returns Safely to Earth after Departing ISS

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  A multinational crew from the US, Russia and the UAE returned safely to Earth this morning, Thursday, Oct. 3, touching down safely in their Russian Soyuz capsule in the steppes of Kazakhstan just hours after a middle-of-the-night departure from the International Space Station (ISS)  – which briefly hosted 9 humans from 4 countries for the past week. NASA astronaut Nick

SLS Core Stage Mock-up Offloaded from Pegasus Barge for KSC VAB Testing to Support NASA Artemis Moon Landing: Photos

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The 212 foot long core stage pathfinder mock-up for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket was offloaded from the agency’s one-of-a-kind Pegasus barge Monday, Sept 30, at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida where it will serve as a test article for critical lifting and stacking maneuvers inside the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) for the next 4 weeks

NASA Selects New Technology Partnerships for Moon and Mars Explorations

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – NASA has announced the selection of 14 American companies for technology partnerships in the agency’s ‘Tipping Point’ program to help enable the agency’s Moon to Mars exploration approach and return to our nearest neighbor and land astronauts on the Moon by 2024 under the Project Artemis program. The selections address technology areas such as cryogenic propellant production and management, sustainable

Japanese Cargo Spaceship Successfully Joins Space Station – Home to 9 Humans

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  Following a belated but spectacular nighttime blastoff on Tuesday, Sept. 24 and a four day orbital chase Japan’s unpiloted HTV-8 cargo freighter arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) Saturday morning, Sept. 28 and was attached to the complex after grappling by NASA astronauts maneuvering Canada’s robotic arm – capping a hugely busy week of space action that ends

SLS Core Stage Pathfinder Arrives Kennedy Space Center to Support Artemis Moon Program: Photos

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The 21 story tall core stage pathfinder vehicle for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket arrived at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida on the agency’s upgraded Pegasus barge under sunny skies this afternoon, Sept. 27, for about 4 weeks of critical testing and stacking exercises in support of the Artemis moon exploration program aimed at landing US astronauts

Crew and Cargo Spaceships Successfully Launch Back to Back to Space Station – Home to 9 Humans

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Less than 24 hours apart a pair of critical crew and cargo spaceships successfully launched back to back to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 24 & Sept. 25 – the Japanese HTV-8 cargo freighter from Japan and Russia’s Soyuz MS-15 crew vessel from Kazakhstan respectively, making for a hugely busy week of space action! Thus