Tag: NASA

SpaceX Crew Dragon Docks at International Space Station Starting 1st Seven Person Resident Crew

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  Just over 27 and a half hours  after  Sunday’s (Nov. 15) flawless blastoff  from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a Falcon 9 rocket, the SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience successfully docked to the International Space Station (ISS) at 11:01 p.m. EST Monday  (0401 GMT Tuesday), carrying the very precious cargo

4 Humans Launch on NASA Crew-1 Mission to Space Station Aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon Opening New Commercial Era: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  A multinational team of four astronauts from the US and Japan is en route to the International Space Station (ISS) on NASA’s Crew-1 mission following a spectacular nighttime launch on the first operational mission of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft Sunday evening, Nov. 15 from historic pad 39A on the Kennedy

UpClose with Crew Dragon as NASA SpaceX Astronaut Launch Postponed to Nov. 15 for Weather Concerns: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –   Continuing weather concerns on and off shore have forced NASA and SpaceX to postpone the historic launch of 4 astronauts on the first operational mission of the Crew Dragon spacecraft by one day from Saturday to Sunday Nov. 15 from the Florida’s spaceport to the International Space Station (ISS)  for six

SpaceX Completes Crucial Falcon 9 Static Fire Test Targeting NASA Crew-1 Launch to ISS Nov. 14: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEMTITUSVILLE/KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –   SpaceX engineers successfully completed a crucial static fire test on the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage engines  Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 11  amidst continuing positively gloomy weather from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Eta impacting much of Florida including the Space Coast and is currently still targeting liftoff of the NASA Crew-1 mission with 4 astronauts

OSIRIS-REx Stows and Seals Asteroid Bennu Sample Inside Earth Return Capsule

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – NASA’s daring OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has successfully stowed and sealed the overflowing huge sample estimated at perhaps a kilogram (1 pound) or more of asteroid Bennu inside the probes Sample Return Capsule (SRC) for the return trip to Earth. “On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the mission team sent commands to the spacecraft, instructing it

NASA’s SOFIA Observatory Discovers Water Molecules on Sunlit Surface of Moon Aiding Artemis

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Scientists utilizing NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) airborne telescope observatory have made the first ever unambiguous discovery of water molecules on the sunlit surface of Earth’s Moon – centered at Clavius crater  in the Moon’s southern hemisphere.  These results could potentially aid  NASA’s Project Artemis plans for human lunar landings. This

OSIRIS-REx Starts Asteroid Sample Stowage Into Return Capsule

  For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – NASA’s bold OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has started the complex process to carefully stow the huge stash of asteroidal samples collected from asteroid Bennu last week on Oct. 20 in the sampling head into the sample return capsule for the return trip to Earth. NASA reported that the OSIRIS-REx mission team commanded the

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Touches and Samples Asteroid Bennu

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – After a journey of over 200 million miles (321 million km) from Earth NASA’s daring OSIRIS-REx mission touched and sampleg Asteroid Bennu for six seconds with its pogo stick like TAGSAM robotic arm exactly as planned with incredible precision on Oct. 20 and successfully collected NASA’s first ever samples of asteroidal dust

Soyuz Trio with NASA Astronaut Chris Cassidy Return Safely to Earth

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –   A Soyuz trio including veteran NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy returned safely to Earth after living and working in Earth’s orbit for 196 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS) making a soft touchdown in Kazakhstan late Wednesday. The Russian American trio of spaceflyers comprising Expedition 63 cosmonauts Ivan Vagner and Anatoly Ivanishin of

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Briefly Lands on Asteroid Bennu for Sample Collection Attempt

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – After a four year  journey NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft successfully unfurled its robotic arm and briefly landed on and touched Asteroid Bennu as planned to attempt NASA’s first ever sample collection of asteroidal dust and pebbles from the surface for delivery to Earth in 2023. It then rapidly