Saturday, August 1, 2020

ULA Atlas V Rocket Poised for Liftoff July 30 with NASA’s Red Planet Rover Perseverance: Watch Live/Photos

Beautiful water reflections cast by United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover after torrential downpours on the Florida Space Coast as rocket stands vertical at Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for liftoff targeting July 30, 2020. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

29 July 2020

Ken Kremer - - For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION/KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  NASA’s $2.7 Billion Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover is poised for liftoff standing vertical for her Destination Mars interplanetary journey – after she rolled out to launch pad 41 yesterday morning bolted atop the powerful United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that will propel her to space for the remainder of her 300 million mile (500 million kilometer) journey to the Red Planet where she will rove an ancient lake bed in search of signs of past microbial life.

ULA Atlas V Rocket Rolls Out to Launch Complex 41 with NASA’s Red Planet Rover Perseverance

ULA Atlas V and NASA Mars Perseverance rover rollout from the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) to Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on July 28, 2020. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com
28 July 2020

Ken Kremer - - For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION/KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL   NASA’s $2.7 Billion Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover is now 1800 feet closer to Destination Mars after she was rolled out to launch pad 41 this morning bolted atop the powerful United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that will propel her to space for the remainder of here 300 million mile (500 million kilometer) journey to the Red Planet where she will rove an ancient lake bed in search of signs of past microbial life.


Friday, July 31, 2020

Nuclear Powered Dune Buggy Perseverance Rover Ready for Red Planet Blastoff July 30

ULA Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover stands tall inside the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) at Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. The Atlas V 541 rocket will liftoff on Thursday, July 30. The two-hour window opens at 7:50 a.m. EDT. Credit: ULA
28 July 2020

Ken Kremer - - For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  NASA and rocket partner United Launch Alliance (ULA) have given the GO to proceed with final launch preparations for the agency’s $2.7 Billion Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover following a successful conclusion to the Launch Readiness Review (LRR) held this morning at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. The goal is to search for signs of past microbial life.



NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover Gets Plutonium Power Source Installed for July 30 Liftoff

The electricity needed to operate NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover is provided by a power system called a Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator, or MMRTG. The MMRTG will be inserted into the aft end of the rover between the panels with gold tubing visible at the rear, which are called heat exchangers. Essentially a nuclear battery, an MMRTG uses the heat from the natural radioactive decay of plutonium-238 to generate about 110 watts of electricity at the start of a mission. Credit: NASA/JPL-CalTech

25 July 2020

Ken Kremer - - For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  NASA’s next mission to the Red Planet the $2.7 Billion Mars 2020 Perseverance rover now has the nuclear power it needs to explore for many years to come – and the liftoff is targeted for July 30 from the Florida Space Coast is now just days away.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Mars 2020 Exploration Mission Guide from RocketSTEM and Space UpClose: Free Download

Mars 2020 Exploration Mission Guide from RocketSTEM magazine and Space UpClose space news website
29 July 2020

Ken Kremer - - For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Enjoy our “Mars 2020 Exploration Mission Guide” about NASA’s  Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover and Ingenuity Helicopter brought to you by the journalists at RocketSTEM magazine and Space UpClose space news website.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

China Launches Ambitious Tianwen-1 Robotic Mission to Orbit, Land and Rove the Red Planet

A Chinese Long March 5 rocket lifts off July 23, 2020 from the Wenchang Space Launch Center on Hainan Island with the Tianwen-1 Mars mission from the China National Space Administration (CNSA). Credit: Xinhua
24 July 2020

Ken Kremer - - For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – China has successfully launched its first fully indigenous mission to Mars - the extremely ambitious Tianwen-1 robotic mission designed to orbit, land and rove on the Red Planet - aimed at comprehensively investigating its climate, atmosphere and geology and search for signatures of water as well as snapping numerous images.

https://www.spaceupclose.com/2020/07/china-launches-ambitious-tianwen-1-robotic-mission-to-orbit-land-and-rove-the-red-planet/

Saturday, July 25, 2020

2x Recycled SpaceX Booster from Korean Milsat Launch Triumphant Return to Port Canaveral with NASA Worm Intact from 1st Human Launch: Photos

Glorious sunrise arrival of 2x launched/landed SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage booster atop the JRTI droneship towed by tug Lauren Foss and SpaceX fleet past Jetty Park Pier into Port Canaveral channel at 7 a.m. ET on July 24, 2020. From Falcon 9 Anasis-II launch for South Korean military on July 20, 2020 from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com
24 July 2020

Ken Kremer - - For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM

PORT CANAVERAL, FL – Continuing a string of complete successes the 2x launched and landed SpaceX Falcon 9 booster from Mondays Falcon 9 rocket launch of South Korea’s first dedicated military satellite July 20, 3.5 days ago, triumphantly returned to Port Canaveral during a glorious sunrise this morning, Friday, July 24, atop the JRTI droneship to a wonderful welcome from the Sunshine State on Florida’s Space Coast.

https://www.spaceupclose.com/2020/07/2x-recycled-spacex-booster-from-korean-milsat-launch-returns-to-port-canaveral-with-nasa-worm-intact-from-1st-human-launch-photos/