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.

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

Dawn Goes Dark with Fuel Exhausted, Ending NASA’s 1st Mission to 2 Largest Asteroid Belt Worlds

Artist’s rendering shows NASA’s Dawn spacecraft maneuvering above Ceres with its ion propulsion system.  Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech Ken Kremer — SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM – – 6 November 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  NASA’s groundbreaking Dawn spacecraft has gone dark after exhausting all its maneuvering fuel – thus ending an 11-year mission to the two largest worlds in the main Asteroid Belt that

First European-Built Service Module Arrives at KSC for NASA’s First Orion Moon Mission: Photos

First European-built Orion Service Module (ESM) arrives at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center aboard Antonov An-124 cargo jet flying from Bremen, Germany on Nov. 6, 2018. The module was provided by the European Space Agency to propel NASA’s first Orion mission to the Moon in 2020 on the Space Launch System rocket.   Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com Ken Kremer  —  SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM —

Departing Soyuz Crew Snaps Spectacular Farewell Fly-around Exterior Photo Survey of Space Station

Photoshoot survey of the International Space Station by the departing Soyuz MS-08 crew on Oct. 4, 2018. Credit: Roscosmos/NASA Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM —   5 November 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – The most recent Soyuz crew to depart the International Space Station (ISS) snapped a spectacular set of survey photos of the outposts exterior during their farewell fly-around before

Up Close with NASA ICON – Pegasus Rocket Launch NET Nov. 7 Amidst Data Review: Photos

Northrop Grumman’s L-1011 Stargazer aircraft is on the runway at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Skid Strip, FL on Nov. 2, 2018. The company’s air-launched Pegasus XL rocket, containing NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, satellite is attached to the belly beneath the aircraft. Launch NET Nov 7, 2018. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com Ken Kremer  —  SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM—  3 November

Defective Deformed Sensor Caused Soyuz Launch Failure

Video Caption: Dramatic video from the Soyuz MS-10 launch on Oct. 11, 2018 showing the moment of separation and its destructive aftermath of booster collision– taken from a rear facing camera on the side of the Soyuz FG booster. The two person Russian-American crew survived unharmed. Credit: Roscosmos Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   2 November 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –

Kepler Mission Ends after Paradigm Changing Discovery of Thousands of Planets

This illustration depicts NASA’s exoplanet hunter, the Kepler space telescope. The agency announced on Oct. 30, 2018, that Kepler has run out of fuel and is being retired within its current and safe orbit, away from Earth. Kepler leaves a legacy of more than 2,600 exoplanet discoveries.  Credits: NASA/Wendy Stenzel Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   31 October 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL,

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Becomes Closest Human Made Object to Sun in History

Parker Solar Probe, shown in this animation, became the closest-ever spacecraft to the Sun on Oct. 29, 2018, when it passed within 26.55 million miles (43 million km) of the Sun’s surface. Credit:  NASA/JHUAPL Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   30 October 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – In a truly groundbreaking feat, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe became the closest human-made object