Category: General News

Mole on the Move on Mars InSight Lander

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL- The German Mole is on the move at last on Mars on NASA’s InSight lander after a lot of hard work by engineers on both sides of the Atlantic have has finally paid off trying to save the stuck deep penetrating heat probe on the agency’s spacecraft designed explore the deep interior of

Boeing Starliner Crew Capsule Coming Together for Uncrewed Maiden Test Flight to ISS in December

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER/CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION – At last after years of development effort and delays its finally getting real as all the key flight hardware for the maiden uncrewed test flight of the Boeing Starliner commercial crew capsule is coming together for its first blastoff on a shakedown cruise to the International Space Station

1st RS-25 Engine Attached to NASA Artemis 1 SLS Core Stage

Engineers and technicians at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans have structurally mated the first of four RS-25 engines to the core stage for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will help power the first Artemis mission to the Moon. Credit: NASA/Jude Guidry For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL/MICHOUD ASSEMBLY FACILITY, LA – The first of

SLS Core Stage Pathfinder Goes Vertical in VAB at KSC: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The recently arrived and massive 212 foot long, 228,000 pound core stage Pathfinder mock-up for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket was lifted to the vertical position inside the Vehicle Assembly Building’s (VAB) transfer aisle and then into High Bay 3 this past week at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center – by

NASA Astronauts Koch, Meir Complete Historic 1st All-Female Spacewalk: Complete Video

For Spaceupclose.com and RocketSTEM Cape Canaveral, FL – A dynamic duo of NASA women astronauts – Christina Koch and Jessica Meir – made history Friday, Oct. 18 when they carried out and successfully completed history’s 1st all-female spacewalk soaring some 250 miles (400 km) above Earth while working and floating outside the International Space Station (ISS) on a critical job

Space UpClose News Website Revamped and Relaunched

Hello Space fans throughout the Galaxy, Today I’m announcing the relaunch of Space UpClose main news website here at Spaceupclose.com as my primary outlet for covering the latest news about space. The website has been completely revamped and will report daily news and analysis related to both short and long term impact. Spaceupclose.com forthwith will now immediately take over the

Key SpaceX Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test Hardware Arrives KSC

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  The key spaceflight test  hardware required for SpaceX’s next step to eventually launch NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program – namely for the Crew Dragon In-Flight abort test – has arrived at last at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. The human-rated SpaceX Crew Dragon test vehicle and

SLS Core Stage Mock-up Offloaded from Pegasus Barge for KSC VAB Testing to Support NASA Artemis Moon Landing: Photos

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The 212 foot long core stage pathfinder mock-up for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket was offloaded from the agency’s one-of-a-kind Pegasus barge Monday, Sept 30, at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida where it will serve as a test article for critical lifting and stacking maneuvers inside the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) for the next 4 weeks

SLS Core Stage Pathfinder Arrives Kennedy Space Center to Support Artemis Moon Program: Photos

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The 21 story tall core stage pathfinder vehicle for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket arrived at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida on the agency’s upgraded Pegasus barge under sunny skies this afternoon, Sept. 27, for about 4 weeks of critical testing and stacking exercises in support of the Artemis moon exploration program aimed at landing US astronauts