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SpaceX Completes Static Fire Test for Next Starlink Launch Targeting April 23: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM TITUSVILLE, FL – SpaceX engineers finally completed a successful lunchtime static fire test of the Falcon 9 first stage engines on Friday, April 17 for the upcoming seventh Starlink launch of  broadband internet satellites now targeting Thursday from the Florida Space Coast – amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has forced closures of public places, schools

American-Russian Soyuz Crew of Meir, Morgan, Skripochka Return Safely to Changed Earth from Space Station

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – The American-Russian crew of Expedition 62 returned safely to an Earth vastly changed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic early this morning Friday, April 17 after departing the International Space Station in their Soyuz spacecraft last night Thursday, April 16 for a safe soft landing just hours later in Kazakhstan. The trio of

Boeing to Fly 2nd Uncrewed Starliner Orbital Test Flight for NASA

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Following the problem plagued maiden launch of Boeing’s Starliner astronaut crew capsule in December, the company announced they will fly a second uncrewed test flight to verify the space taxi is safe and reliable enough to be entrusted to launch NASA astronauts in the future to the International Space Station (ISS). Boeing

NASA Administrator Message Responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic and Mission Updates

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – NASA and the nation continue to deal with the ever expanding fallout from the deadly coronavirus COVOD-19 pandemic. Below is the newest update from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on April 2. Specifically related to NASA, some missions like the International Space Station (ISS) including the upcoming Soyuz crew launch on April 9

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Primary Mirror Passes Deployment Test, COVID-19 Crisis Suspends Work: Video

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM – 1 April 2020 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – The team building NASA’s mammoth James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) recently accomplished a major milestone – namely fully deployed its 21 foot (6.5 meter) primary mirror into the same configuration it will have when it is carrying out astronomical observations in space. However, NASA has also suspended virtually

OneWeb Files for Bankruptcy

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Despite successfully building and launching 74 satellites into low Earth orbit initiating the start of a mega satellite constellation to provide global internet low latency service London based OneWeb has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an official announcement from the company that will result in job losses after failing to secure

Final Ultrasecure AEHF Military Comsat Launches on Atlas V on 1st US Space Force Mission: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FL – The sixth and final satellite in a constellation of critical and ultra secure military communications satellites for the nations warfighters – namely the Advanced Extremely High Frequency- 6 (AEHF-6) comsat – streaked to geostationary orbit Thursday afternoon March 26 on the venerable Atlas V on the first mission for