Category: General News

NASA’s Orion Completes Outbound Powered Lunar Flyby Firing with Luscious Lookbacks to Earth and Moon

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – NASA’s new era of Artemis exploration continues gathering momentum as the unpiloted Orion crew capsule successfully completed its  outbound powered flyby (OPF) engine burn Monday morning, Nov. 21 and made its closest flyby of the Moon – keeping the human space vehicle and Artemis 1 mission precisely on track for targeting

Last Look at NASA Artemis 1 Moon Rocket Before Hurricane Nicole Forced Launch Delay to Nov. 16: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM PLAYALINDA BEACH/KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Here’s a last look at NASA’s Artemis 1 Moon rocket standing vertical at launch pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday, Nov. 7, just prior to the impending landfall of Hurricane Nicole on Florida’s East Coast tracking for overnight Thursday, Nov. 10 and consequently face hurricane

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Blasts off on 1st National Security Clandestine Mission Shrouded in Fog: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  A SpaceX Falcon Heavy blasted off on its very first National Security Space Launch (NSSL) while carrying a clandestine payload suite for the United States Space Force  directly into a high-altitude geosynchronous orbit that appropriately was shrouded in thick morning fog enveloping the rocket making it virtually invisible to most spectators

10x Flown SpaceX Falcon 9 Lofts More Starlink Satellites to Orbit: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM PLAYALINDA BEACH/CANAVERAL NATIONAL SEASHORE, FL –  SpaceX successfully launched another batch of Starlink broadband internet satellites to orbit on a cool Thursday morning, Oct. 20, from Cape Canaveral into heavily overcast Sunshine State skies on a veteran 10x flown Falcon 9 booster. The heavy payload of 54 Starlink satellites on the 4-36 mission blasted off on

NASA ESA Crew-4 Astronauts Depart ISS in SpaceX Dragon and Return to Earth with Ocean Splashdown: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL/KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The Crew-4 multinational team of astronauts from the US and Italy concluded their nearly six-month science expedition aboard the International Space Station (ISS) by floating into their SpaceX Crew Dragon Freedom spacecraft Friday morning, Oct. 14, undocking for final departure and return to Earth and culminating with a successful splashdown