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.

Historic Last ULA Delta II Rocket Launches NASA’s ICESat-2 to Probe Earth’s Ice Sheets

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket with the NASA Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) onboard is seen shortly after the mobile service tower at SLC-2 was rolled back, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The ICESat-2 mission will measure the changing height of Earth’s ice.  Credits: NASA/ Bill Ingalls Ken Kremer 

SpaceX Landed Booster Arrives Beautifully Back in Port Canaveral Before Hurricane: Photos

SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage booster arrives back into Port Canaveral, FL on Sep. 12, 2018 guided by SpaceX Naval fleet atop the ocean going OCISLY droneship platform upon which it landed after launching the Telstar 18v comsat on Sep 10 from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.  Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —  

Spectacular Midnight Launch of Telstar 18 VANTAGE Telecomsat on SpaceX Falcon 9 from Florida: Gallery

Mirror Image Launch Streak: SpaceX Falcon 9 soars past NASA’s iconic Vehicle Assembly Building with flames naturally reflecting in the waters of Indian River Lagoon, Titusville after launch of powerful Telstar 18 VANTAGE telecom satellite at 12:45 a.m. EDT, September 10, 2018 from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL – in this long duration exposure photo.

Powerful Canadian Comsat Thunders to Orbit Post Midnight on SpaceX Falcon 9 after Cape Thunder Delay: Photos

Streak Shot! SpaceX Falcon 9 blazes trail to geostationary orbit carrying massive Telstar 18 VANTAGE telecom satellite after launch at 12:45 a.m. EDT, September 10, 2018 from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL – seen in this long duration exposure photo taken as the rocket soars past NASA’s iconic Vehicle Assembly Building from the Max Brewer

Massive Canadian Comsat Set for Sunday Night Florida Blastoff on Upgraded SpaceX Booster Sept 9: Watch Live

Beautiful sunset view of raised Falcon 9 upgraded Block 5 rocket at Space Launch Complex-40 for SpaceX night launch of massive Telstar 18 VANTAGE comsat from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station targeted for Sept 9, 2018.  Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   9 September 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL –  A massive Canadian commercial communications satellite is

ISS Cosmonauts Repair Small Air Leak in Soyuz Capsule

International Space Station Configuration as of Aug. 22, 2018: Three spaceships are docked at the space station including the Progress 70 resupply ship and the Soyuz MS-08 and MS-09 crew ships.  Credit: NASA Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   30 August 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – A pair of Russian cosmonauts serving aboard the International Space Station (ISS) repaired a small

NASA’s InSight Lander Passes Halfway Point to Mars

This artist’s concept shows the InSight spacecraft, encapsulated in its aeroshell, as it cruises to Mars and Nov. 26, 2018 touchdown at Elysium Planitia.  Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   24 August 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  NASA’s InSight lander marked a major milestone when it cruised past  the halfway point on its interplanetary voyage enroute to the Red

VP Pence Calls for Permanent US Presence at the Moon and Crewed Lunar Outpost by 2024 in Rousing Speech at Johnson Space Center

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Aug. 23, 2018 in Houston, Texas about the future of human space exploration and the agency’s plans to return to the Moon as a forerunner to future human missions to Mars.  Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   23 Aug 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  In a rousing speech