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.

SpaceX Tilts Recovered Falcon 9 1st Stage Horizontal, Returns Legless to Cape for Reuse: Photos

Tilting and lowering of recovered/landed SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage midday, Nov 21, 2018 vertical to horizontal using 2 cranes onto wheeled transporter for shipment back to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL and eventual relaunch. Dramatically backdropped by NASA’s iconic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in this overhead view from Exploration Tower.   Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com Ken Kremer  —SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM –22

Cygnus and Progress Sister Supply Ships Arrive Back to Back at International Space Station, Crew Unloads Cargo and Celebrates Thanksgiving

Northrop Cygnus NG-10 commercial resupply spacecraft, named the S.S. John Young, grappled by the space station’s Canadarm2  robotic arm on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. Credit: NASA/Serena Auñón-Chancellor Ken Kremer —SpaceUpClose.com  & RocketSTEM –22 November 2018 NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, VA & CAPE CANAVERAL, FL– This is a very good and busy week in space as the American Cygnus and Russian

NASA, SpaceX Announce January 2019 Launch Target for 1st Crew Dragon Test Flight

Illustration of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft launching atop the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, targeted for January 2019.  Credits: SpaceX Ken Kremer  —SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM –21 November 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  NASA and SpaceX announced January 7, 2019 as the targeted launch date for the first unpiloted test flight

SpaceX Landed Booster Sails Back into Port Canaveral after Es’hail-2 Launch: Photos

SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage booster sails back into Port Canaveral, FL on Nov. 19, 2018 towed to dockside berthing port by SpaceX Naval fleet atop the ocean going OCISLY droneship platform upon which it landed – after launching Es’hail-2 comsat on Nov. 15 from Launch Complex-39A at Kennedy Space Center, FL.  Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com Ken Kremer  —SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM –19

Antares Blasts Off Overnight from Virginia with Tons of Science Cargo for International Space Station

The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus NG-10 resupply spacecraft onboard, is seen above the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, on Nov. 17, 2018. The rocket launched from Pad-0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia that morning. Northrop Grumman’s 10th contracted cargo resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station will deliver about 7,400 pounds of science

Antares Overnight Launch Set for Nov. 17 from Virginia Shore With 4 Tons Cargo Bound for Space Station: Watch Live

Due to persistent drenching downpours Northrop Grumman Antares rocket on the Cygnus NG-10 cargo mission had to stay another two days atop the On-Ramp to the International Space Station at pad 0A on NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Launch now reset to Nov. 17 at 4:01 a.m. EST. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com Ken Kremer — SpaceUpClose.com  & RocketSTEM –16 November 2018 NASA

Nasty Weather Nixes Northrop Grumman Antares Nov. 15 Launch to Space Station Now NET Nov 16: Photos

Oceanside view of Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus NG-10 cargo freighter  aboard bound for the International Space Station, is seen on Pad-0A, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Poor weather forced launch postponement to No Earlier Than NET Friday, Nov, 16, 2018. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com Ken Kremer — SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM –14 November 2018

UpClose with Antares Inside Northrop Grumman Rocket Assembly Factory at NASA Wallops Launching Nov. 15: Space UpClose Gallery

Two Northrop Grumman Antares commercial rockets being processed for launch side by side inside the Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.  Antares NG-10 rocket assembly at left is slated for launch Nov. 15, 2018 from pad 0A at NASA Wallops bound for the International Space Station.  Antares NG-11 booster at right is scheduled

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Survives Record Setting 1st Close Encounter with the Sun

Illustration of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe approaching the Sun. Credit: ​NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben Ken Kremer — SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM — 9 November 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Skimming closer to the sun than any human-made object ever in human history, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe survived its record setting 1st close encounter with the sun on Monday, Nov. 5 – less than