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.

1st Ever SpaceX Falcon 9 1st Stage Launches and Lands Record Breaking 13th Time Crowning New Fleet Leader: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – In a stunning space achievement SpaceX launched and landed a recycled Falcon 9 first stage for a record-breaking 13th time for the first time ever at noontime Friday, June 17 from the Kennedy Space Center – on the occasion of another Starlink internet satellite launch. While crowning and establishing a new

NASA Awards SpaceX 5 Additional Commercial Crew Dragon Astronaut Missions to ISS

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  NASA is awarding SpaceX task orders for five additional commercial Crew Dragon missions to the International Space Station (ISS) in order to maintain an uninterrupted long-term capability to fly astronauts to and from the orbiting research outpost through the end of its currently projected lifetime around 2030. The new award marks

Artemis 1 Moon Rocket Ready for Midnight Roll to KSC Launch Pad for Tanking Test Targeting June 19: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – With the seasons 1st tropical storm on the way towards Florida right at the open of Hurricane season technicians final preparations are in progress to roll NASA’s now repaired Artemis 1 Moon rocket out from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to launch pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, just past

Starliner Lands in New Mexico Concluding Incredibly Successful OFT-2 Uncrewed Test Flight to Space Station for NASA

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER/CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FL –  Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule landed in the New Mexico desert, Wednesday evening, May 19, concluding an ‘incredibly successful’ uncrewed test flight for NASA to the International Space Station (ISS) and back – paving the way to    the first crewed flight with NASA astronauts aboard as soon as

Boeing Starliner Poised Prelaunch atop ULA Atlas V at Pad 41 on OFT-2 Test Flight for NASA to ISS: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER/CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FL – Here’s a look back to Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner crew capsule integrated atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket prelaunch at launch pad 41 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, Wednesday, May 18, prior to the high stakes and ultimately successful May 19 liftoff

Station Astronauts Open Hatch and Enter Boeing Starliner on Uncrewed Test Flight to ISS for NASA

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  NASA Astronauts living aboard the International Space Station (ISS) opened the hatch for the first time ever to Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft Saturday, May 21, becoming the first humans to enter the ship on orbit just hours after docking at the orbiting outpost Friday evening, May 20 – marking another major