Author: Ken Kremer

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SpaceX Dragon Cargo Ship Departs ISS, Returns to Earth

SpaceX CRS-16 Dragon cargo ship departs the International Space Station on Jan. 13, 2019 after release from Canadian robotic arm for splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on Jan. 14. Credit: David Saint-Jacques/NASA/CSA Ken Kremer  — & RocketSTEM –14 January 2019 KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  A commercial SpaceX Dragon cargo ship departed the International Space Station (ISS) Sunday evening and safely

SpaceX To Lay Off Ten Percent of Workforce Amidst Stunning Success and Scrutiny

Launch of SpaceX Falcon Heavy on debut test flight from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Feb. 6, 2018.  Credit: Ken Kremer/ Ken Kremer  — & RocketSTEM –11 January 2019 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – The hugely ambitious new space aerospace firm SpaceX plans to lay off about ten percent of its total workforce numbering some 6000

China Lands Rover On the Far Side of the Moon in Historic First

China’s Yutu 2 rover lands on the far side of the moon and drives off the Chang’e 4 landing platform on Jan 3, 2019. Credit: CNSA/CASC/CLEP Ken Kremer  — & RocketSTEM –6 January 2019 JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERISTY APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY, LAUREL, MD –  China because the first nation in history to land a robotic spacecraft on the far side of Earth’s

Legendary Rock Star Brian May of Queen Lends Luster to NASA New Horizons with Rocking Music Video and 3D Creations: Video/Photos

Video Caption: Brian May – New Horizons (Ultima Thule Mix) [Official Music Video]. Celebrating the whole 13-year Journey of New Horizons probe. This is Brian’s personal tribute to the on-going NASA New Horizons mission, which on New Years Day 2019 achieved the most distant spacecraft flyby in history at Ultima Thule.  Credit: Brian May Ken Kremer  — & RocketSTEM –6 January

NASA’s New Horizons Phones Home After Historic New Years Day Flyby of Most Distant Object Ever: Ultima Thule

At top is a composite of two images taken by New Horizons’ high-resolution Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), which provides the best indication of Ultima Thule’s size and shape so far. Preliminary measurements of this Kuiper Belt object suggest it is approximately 20 miles long by 10 miles wide (32 kilometers by 16 kilometers). Team members at the Jan 1, 2018

NASA’s New Horizons On Target For New Years Day Flyby of Most Distant Object Ever – ‘Ultima Thule’

This image shows the first detection of 2014 MU69 (nicknamed “Ultima Thule”), using the highest resolution mode (known as “1×1”) of the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard the New Horizons spacecraft. Three separate images, each with an exposure time of 0.5 seconds, were combined to produce the image shown here. All three images were taken on Dec. 24, 2018,

How to Watch NASA New Horizons ‘Ultima Thule’ Flyby Events + Latest Mission Update

Illustration of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft encountering 2014 MU69 – nicknamed “Ultima Thule” – a Kuiper Belt object that orbits one billion miles beyond Pluto. Set for New Year’s 2019, New Horizons’ exploration of Ultima will be the farthest space probe flyby in history. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI Ken Kremer  — & RocketSTEM –28 December 2018 JHU APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY, MD / KENNEDY