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.

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

NASA, Northrop Grumman Deep into Re-Planning Cygnus Launch Manifest After Soyuz Crew Launch Failure

Northrop Grumman built Cygnus NG-10 cargo spacecraft is prepped inside darkened clean room High Bay facility at NASA Wallops with range finding lights illuminated to aid station astronauts verify the correct attitude and position on approach in space.  It was named in honor of NASA astronaut and Apollo 16 moonwalker John Young on Oct. 24, 2018.  Blastoff on Antares rocket

Parker Solar Probe Looks Back Home as it Dives to the Sun

The view from Parker Solar Probe’s WISPR instrument on Sept. 25, 2018, shows Earth, the bright sphere near the middle of the right-hand panel. The elongated mark toward the bottom of the panel is a lens reflection from the WISPR instrument. Credits: NASA/Naval Research Laboratory/Parker Solar Probe Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   27 October 2018 KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – 

NASA CubeSat Snaps 1st Ever Image of Mars

One of NASA’s twin MarCO spacecraft took this image of Mars on October 2, 2018 — the first time a CubeSat, a kind of low-cost, briefcase-sized spacecraft — has done so.  Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   22 October 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – NASA’s first ever interplanetary cubesats – named MarCO- have snapped an image of Mars for

Soyuz Crew Launch Abort Caused by Collision at Booster Separation: Roscosmos

Renowned cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, Roscosmos Executive Director for Manned Flights, speaks to the reporters in Moscow about the Soyuz failure.  Credit: Roscosmos Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   18 October 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  The emergency abort of the Soyuz crew launch with two crewmembers strapped inside on Oct. 11 was apparently caused by a failure in the booster separation