A relic of the old railroad running right up along the beach to Launch Pads 39A & B dates back to the Apollo days at Kennedy Space Center when the 20th Century journey to the Moon got an assist from a 19th Century innovation.
Looking forward to tonight’s launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station where a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will loft three payloads into space. The largest will be PSN-VI, a geostationary communications satellite named Nusantara Satu for the country of Indonesia. The second payload and the one garnering the most attention is an Israeli-built lunar lander called Beresheet that will attempt a soft landing on the Moon. The third and smallest payload is a small demonstration spacecraft for the U.S. military […]
Traveling at a top speed of .7-mile-per-hour, the mobile launcher made its inaugural trek along the crawlerway to Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39B for a quick fit check during late August and early September 2018. Key systems being checked out over the next several days include ensuring the water suppression systems align and the environmental control system that provides air and gaseous nitrogen purges to the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket through the umbilicals hooks up properly with the […]
The mobile launcher (ML) is the ground structure that will be used to assemble, process and launch NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft from Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center for missions to deep space destinations, such as the Moon, Mars and beyond. The SLS, topped by the Orion spacecraft, will be stacked atop the mobile launcher while inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Afterward the mobile launcher will be moved by the crawler-transporter over four […]
The plaque which the Apollo 11 astronauts left behind on the Moon, which was attached to the ladder on the landing gear strut on the descent stage of the Lunar Module. The plaque was signed by the three Apollo 11 astronauts and President Richard Nixon. (Photo Credit: NASA)
The second full Moon of January 2018 rose into a cold, iron blue sky at dusk with clouds scudding by blocking the view every now and then. The Moon rises on the eve of a lunar eclipse happening at dawn the next day, 31 January, with the Earth’s shadow just starting to darken the Moon’s face before the Moon sets in the west, at least in what is viewable of the event from Florida. People on the west coast of […]