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.

Congress Delivers Big Boost to NASA 2018 Budget with Whopping $20.7 Billion in Omnibus Appropriations Bill

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) blasts off from launch pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in this artist rendering showing a view of the liftoff of the Block 1 70-metric-ton (77-ton) crew vehicle configuration. Credit: NASA/MSFC Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   26 March 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – The US Congress delivered a big boost to NASA’s 2018 budget

Soyuz Docks at Space Station with Expedition 55 Russian-American Trio

Space station cameras sight the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft just meters away from docking to the Poisk module on March 23, 2018. Credit: NASA TV Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   23 Mar 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL-  Two days after blasting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a Russian Soyuz capsule ferrying the Expedition 55 veteran trio of spaceflyers from Russia

Curiosity Mars Rover Tests New Drilling Technique But More Testing Needed

NASA’s Curiosity rover raised robotic arm with drill pointed skyward while exploring Vera Rubin Ridge – backdropped by the base of Mount Sharp inside Gale Crater. This navcam camera mosaic was stitched from raw images taken on Sol 1912, Dec. 22, 2017 and colorized. Credit: NASA/JPL/Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/Marco Di Lorenzo Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   22 Mar 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL- 

NASA’s James Webb Observatory Begins Final Assembly and Testing at Northrup Grumman California Facility

The combined optical element and science instruments of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope were removed from their specially designed shipping container, called the Space Telescope Transporter for Air, Road and Sea (STTARS), in a high bay at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, California, on March 8, 2018. Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   18 Mar 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL,

‘Ultima Thule’ tapped as Nickname for New Horizons Spacecraft Next Flyby Target in 2019

Artist’s impression of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft encountering 2014 MU69, a Kuiper Belt object that orbits one billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto, on Jan. 1, 2019. With public input, the team has selected the nickname “Ultima Thule” for the object, which will be the most primitive and most distant world ever explored by spacecraft.  Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Steve Gribben Ken

Revolutionary GOES-S Weather Observatory Reaches Geostationary Orbit, Renamed GOES-17

GOES-S view of Earth from its checkout location.  Credit: NOAA Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   14 Mar 2018 KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  Less than 2 weeks after the dinnertime blastoff of the GOES-S weather observatory put on a stunningly delicious launch display from the Florida Space Coast on March 1, 2018, the revolutionary satellite that will track extreme weather

Robert Lightfoot – NASA’s Longest Serving Acting Administrator to retire

Robert M. Lightfoot Jr., NASA Acting Administrator speaks at National Space Council   Space Summit at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Feb 21, 2018.  Credit: Ken Kremer/SpaceUpClose.com/kenkremer.com CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – NASA’s Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot, a highly regarded propulsion and spaceflight engineer, announced his retirement from the space agency effective the end of April in a letter to

Send Your Name to Touch the Sun on NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Launching Summer 2018

Illustration of the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the Sun.  Credits: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   9 Mar 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – NASA is inviting the public from all across the world to send their names to touch the sun on the agencies groundbreaking Parker Solar Probe mission launching in summer 2018. NASA’s