Category: General News

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Recharges Batteries, Perseverance Completes 1st Course Correction

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION/KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Its been a busy start for NASA’s $2.7 Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission to the Red Planet with a duo of major activities accomplished since blasting off from the Florida Space Coast on July 30. One week into its seven-month interplanetary journey to Mars NASA’s Ingenuity Mars

Falcon 9 Booster Tilted Horizontal after All Legs Retracted for Transport Back to Cape from Starlink Launch: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM PORT CANAVERAL, FL –  After multiple fits and starts all 4 landing legs were fully successfully retracted on the 5x flown and landed SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage booster that returned to Port Canaveral this week atop the OCISLY droneship from the 10th Starlink mission  – and which was then tilted and lowered horizontal onto a

NASA Targets NET October 23 for 1st Operational SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch from Kennedy

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  NASA is targeting no earlier than Oct. 23 for the first operational flight of the commercial SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft with astronauts launched by a Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program – following the recent conclusion of the historic Demo-2 test flight

Recovered Nose Cone from 5x Flown Falcon 9 Booster Arrives Intact at Port Canaveral for SpaceX Dramatic Day of Action: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM PORT CANAVERAL, FL –  In another remarkable space hardware recycling feat the SpaceX team managed to recover both nose cone halves as well as the Falcon 9 1st stage from the now 5x flown and landed booster following Fridays beautiful post-midnight blastoff of the 10th batch of their Starlink broadband internet satellites to orbit on Aug.

Glorious Sunrise Port Arrival for 5x Flown Falcon 9 Booster on Dramatic Day of Action for SpaceX Fleet: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM PORT CANAVERAL, FL –  A gloriously colorful Space Coast sunrise greeted Monday’s, Aug. 10, arrival of the 5x flown and landed SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage booster atop the veteran OCISLY droneship into Port Canaveral on a ‘Dramatic Day of Action’ also involving simultaneous payload fairing processing from this mission for the SpaceX Naval Fleet –

SpaceX Beautiful Overnight Launch Sends Starlink Satellites to Orbit after Multiple Delays and Busy Space Week: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  After six weeks of delays resulting from unspecified technical hardware issues and absolutely horrendous Space Coast weather conditions SpaceX at last launched the next batch of their Starlink broadband internet satellites to orbit on a beautiful and hazy overnight launch vaulting aloft atop a 5x recycled Falcon 9 just past midnight

SpaceX Set for Another Try for 10th Starlink Launch Overnight Aug. 7 as Weather Improves: Watch Live/Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  After multiple delays amounting to six weeks resulting from unspecified technical issues and definitively horrendous weather conditions SpaceX is set to try again to the launch of the next batch of their Starlink broadband internet satellites overnight Friday Aug. 7 just past midnight from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. And

All Legs Retracted on Recycled SpaceX Falcon 9 at Port Canaveral from Korean Launch Amidst Mars Rover Launch and Crew Dragon Splashdown: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM PORT CANAVERAL, FL – Amidst all the excitement this past week from NASA’s successful launch of the spectacular Mars 2020 Perseverance rover astrobiology science mission to the Red Planet on July 30 and the events leading up to the successful 1st splashdown of American astronauts in 45 years on Aug. 2 and 1st crewed launch from

Key Connecting Adapter for NASA’s Maiden SLS Moon Rocket for Artemis 1 mission arrives at Kennedy: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  As NASA was in the final stages of launching the historic Mars 2020 Perseverance rover to the Red Planet and preparing for the historic splashdown return of two NASA astronauts from the first piloted Crew Dragon test flight to the Space Station, a key connecting component for the maiden test flight