Category: General News

SpaceX Poised for Record Setting Liftoff of 1st 5th Launched Falcon 9 on Starlink Mission Sunday March 15: Watch Live/Pad Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The SpaceX team is poised for the record setting liftoff of the 1st 5th launched Falcon 9 first stage on the sixth Starlink mission slated for Sunday morning March 15 from the Florida Space Coast – amidst the ever growing coronavirus pandemic that has forced closures of public places, school and

SpaceX Completes Static Fire Test for Next Starlink, Launch Reset to Sunday Morning March 15: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – After multiple delays SpaceX engineers finally completed a successful static fire test of the Falcon 9 first stage engines on Friday the 13th this evening for the upcoming sixth Starlink launch on Sunday from the Florida Space Coast on a milestone mission– amidst the ever growing coronavirus pandemic that has forced

ExoMars 2020 Rover and Lander Delayed to 2022 Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – In light of ongoing problems with the complex parachute landing system and travel restrictions caused by the spreading coronavirus pandemic the joint European/Russian ExoMars rover/lander mission scheduled for launch to Mars this summer has been postponed two years to 2022. “The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Roscosmos Space Corporation have decided to postpone the launch

Perseverance – 7th Grader Chosen to Name NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover

SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Perseverance – that’s the outstanding winning name NASA has chosen to name the Mars 2020 rover based on an outstanding essay submitted by 7th grader Alex Mather of Virginia for NASA’s nationwide contest where kindergarten through 12th grade students across the United States submitted essays to “Name the Rover.” The winning Mars 2020

Astronauts Capture SpaceX Dragon Cargo Ship for Final Time with Robotic Arm after ISS Arrival

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER/CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL – Astronauts have captured a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship with the robotic arm for the final time after the vessel arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) this morning, Monday, March 9 two days after blastoff from the Florida Space Coast. The final first generation SpaceX Dragon 1

Final SpaceX Dragon 1 Streaks to Space on Fantastic Midnight Cargo Delivery Carrying NASA Science to ISS: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER/CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL – The final SpaceX Dragon 1 spacecraft streaked to space on a fantastic midnight launch and cargo deliver run carrying over two tons of NASA science and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) Friday, March 6 from the Florida Space Coast. Furthermore the SpaceX team accomplished the

Fabulous Fiery Sunset Greets Final SpaceX Dragon 1 Vertical On Falcon 9 for NASA Cargo Flight to ISS Friday March 6: Watch Live/Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER/CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL – A fabulous fiery sunset greeted the final SpaceX Dragon 1 spacecraft after it went vertical atop the ‘fight-proven’ Falcon 9 that will hurl it to orbit on a NASA contracted cargo launch to the International Space Station (ISS) Friday night, March 6 from the Florida Space Coast.

Boeing Starliner Software Glitches Missed by Shortened Testing

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –Boeing officials confirmed that shortened testing protocols caused their engineering teams to miss the software glitches with the mission elapsed timer and more that seriously degraded the first orbital flight test of the company’s Starliner astronaut space taxi in December and prevented the unpiloted capsule from docking to the International Space Station (ISS)