Author: Ken Kremer

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President Biden Proposes $24.7 Billion Budget for NASA for FY 2022

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  President Biden is proposing a $24.7 Billion Budget for NASA in Fiscal Year 2022 in newly released initial funding documents from the Biden Administration. This FY 2022 NASA discretionary budget spending proposal amounts to a significant 6.3% increase over the enacted budget for 2021 amounting to $1.5 Billion and thereby indicates strong support for NASA programs

Blue Origin Successfully Completes Astronaut Rehearsal Test for Crew Flights on Suborbital New Shepard Vehicle

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  Blue Origin successfully completed the launch and landing of their astronaut rehearsal test simulating crew flights with humans with their suborbital New Shepard launch vehicle and capsule during the NS-15 test flight mission Wednesday, April 14 from the company’s West Texas test site. Liftoff of the 60-foot-tall (18-meter) New Shepard suborbital vehicle

Blue Origin to Conduct Astronaut Rehearsal Test on New Shepard Launch April 14: Watch Live

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  Blue Origin plans to conduct an astronaut rehearsal test simulating flights with humans for the next flight of their New Shepard suborbital launch vehicle during a launch targeted for Wednesday morning, April 14 from the company’s West Texas test site. Liftoff of the New Shepard suborbital vehicle on the NS-15 mission is

Ginny and Percy Together! Perseverance Snaps Spectacular 1st Selfie with Ingenuity Helicopter on Mars Ahead of Historic Flight: Mosaic

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Ginny and Percy together on Mars in 1st joint Selfie! NASA’s Perseverance rover has just snapped her first ever selfie on Mars this week on April 6, or Sol 46 – as well as its also being the first joint selfie with the experimental Ingenuity Mars helicopter on the Red Planet – –

SpaceX Falcon 9 Soars 7th Time Delivering Next Batch Starlink Satellites to Orbit in Picture Perfect Daylight Blastoff: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FL –  A seven time recycled SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket soared to space noontime today, Wednesday, April 7, delivering the next batch of Starlink broadband internet satellites to orbit and offering up a picture perfect daylight blastoff from Florida’s Spaceport to super delighted crowds at a comfortable time for all  –

Ingenuity Helicopter Survives 1st Frigid Martian Night Alone and Readies for Historic Flight!

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – NASA’s experimental solar powered Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has safely survived its first frigid night standing alone and all on its own power overnight on Monday, April 5, Sol 44, after being safely deployed to the ‘Martian Flight Field’ on Sunday, April 4, and carefully dropped from the attach point on the belly of

Astronauts Complete 1st Port Relocation of SpaceX Crew Dragon on ISS Ahead of Busy Month of Arrivals

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  A four person team of astronauts successfully completed the first relocation of a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft from one port to another one nearby on the International Space Station (ISS) in a flawless maneuver carried out early this morning, Monday, April 5, while orbiting above Earth to ready the orbiting outpost for

Touchdown Confirmed – Ingenuity Helicopter Deployed on Martian Flight Field for Historic Flight!

  For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Touchdown confirmed!  NASA’s experimental solar powered Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has been safely deployed to the ‘Martian Flight Field’ after being carefully dropped from attach point on the belly of the Perseverance rover where its been hanging this past week after completing the methodical step by step unfolding, swing down and deployment