Category: General News

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Briefly Lands on Asteroid Bennu for Sample Collection Attempt

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – After a four year  journey NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft successfully unfurled its robotic arm and briefly landed on and touched Asteroid Bennu as planned to attempt NASA’s first ever sample collection of asteroidal dust and pebbles from the surface for delivery to Earth in 2023. It then rapidly

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Set for Sampling Attempt at Asteroid Bennu Oct. 20: Watch Live

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is all set for the first sampling attempt at Asteroid Bennu targeted to happen Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 20 – after a four year journey from Earth and arriving in orbit 2 years ago for detailed science imaging, spectroscopy, analysis and site selection! This is NASA’s first asteroid sample

All 4 Landing Legs Retracted on 3x Flown SpaceX Falcon 9 as Team Targets 2nd 6x Flown Booster Launch Oct. 18: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM PORT CANAVERAL, FL – Following last Thursday’s (Oct. 8) stellar sunset return of the 3x flown and landed SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage from the 13th Starlink mission to Port Canaveral and Florida’s Space Coast atop the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ (OSICLY) droneship the crane crew hoisted the booster off the ship and onto

NASA Webb Space Telescope Completes Rigorous Tests Required for Rocket Launch

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – After years of hard work and long hours by many teams of dedicated workers NASA’s fully assembled James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has at last fully and successfully completed all of the very harsh prelaunch environmental stress testing involving acoustics and vibrations required to clear the mammoth observatory for a rocket  launch to space

NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins Launches to Space Station with Russian Crewmates on Historic Soyuz Flight

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –   NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and her two Russian cosmonaut crewmates successfully blasted off for the International Space Station early this morning aboard their Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft on a milestone mission marking the historic end of an era for American astronauts aboard the Russian vessels that also counts as the 2oth anniversary of continuous, uninterrupted  human

NASA Delays Crew 1 Launch from Halloween to NET November to Investigate Falcon 9 Engine Issue

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –   NASA announced today that the launch of 4 astronauts aboard a Space X Crew Dragon spacecraft on the commercial Crew-1 human mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has been delayed from Halloween to no earlier than (NET) early-to-mid November to investigate concerns with the Merlin engines that power their Falcon

Stellar Sunset Return for 3x Flown Scrub Streak Breaking SpaceX Starlink Falcon 9 Booster to Port Canaveral: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –   Just two and a half days after its scrub streak breaking Starlink launch the 3x flown and landed SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage from Tuesdays Starlink mission staged an absolutely stellar and uncommon sunset return to Port Canaveral and Florida’s Space Coast atop the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ (OSICLY)

Scrub Streak Broken! SpaceX Launches Starlink Satellites during Spectacular Space Coast Sunrise: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  Scrub Streak Broken! The seemingly endless and unprecedented series of Florida Space Coast launch scrubs by both SpaceX and ULA for more than a month and given names such as ‘Scrubitis’, ‘Scrubtober’, “Scrubtoberfest’ or ‘Scrubtember’ – mostly for technical reasons – has at last ended with a spectacular sunrise blastoff Tuesday