It is all about the lighting. Having to shoot almost directly into the sun turns the launch of an Atlas V rocket carrying a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station into a silhouette, albeit a rather spectacular silhouette, at 11:11AM on 18 April 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click to view more of the launch photos.
A gathering of space fans atop Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral eagerly await the first launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from historic Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The Apollo missions to the Moon and all the Space Shuttle missions were launched from 39A and its nearby twin, 39B. SpaceX leased 39A for commercial use after the retirement of the Space Shuttle. As the 10:01 a.m. launch time rolled around on 18 February 2017 everything pointed toward getting […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Commercial Resupply, CRS-10, Exploration Tower, International Space Station, ISS, Kennedy Space Center, KSC, Launch Complex 39A, NASA, Port Canaveral, Thrust Vector Control, TVC
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched the GOES-R weather satellite into orbit on 19 November 2016 at 6:42 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click here to see more launch photos and to learn more about the launch.
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: ASOC, Atlas Spaceflight Operations Center, Atlas V, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Eastern Range, Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, GOES-R, NASA, NASA Causeway, National Aeronautic and Space Administration, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, SLC 41, Space Launch Complex 41, ULA, United Launch Alliance
The new Heroes and Legends exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) melds the old U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, which originally was its own facility six miles to the west of KSCVC, with the history of early spaceflight exhibit that used to be onsite at the Visitor Complex. The new exhibit displays artifacts from the Mercury and Gemini programs along with pop culture visions of spaceflight side-by-side with dramatic, high tech 3-D simulations of early space flight […]
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: Alan Shepard, Astronaut Hall of Fame, Bob Crippen, Boeing, Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Frank Borman, Gemini, Gemini 9A, Gene Cernan, George Takei, Gerald Carr, Gus Grissom, Heroes and Legends, John Glenn, Kennedy Space Center, Lost in Space, Mercury Control, Mercury Program, Mercury Seven, Mercury-Atlas, Mercury-Redstone, Michael Collins, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Rocket Garden, Sigma 7, Star Trek, Tom Stafford, Wally Shirra
Heroes and Legends at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex remembers the efforts of early space pioneers from the Mercury and Gemini programs. The grand opening on 11 November 2016 brought out many living heroes and legends from the Astronaut Hall of Fame to take part in opening this major new edition to the Visitor Complex. The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame is part of Heroes and Legends and honors astronauts from all of NASA’s space flight programs. People begin gathering […]
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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 configuration rocket launched the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission for NASA at 7:05 p.m. on 8 September 2016 from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will rendezvous with the Asteroid Bennu, study it for two years from orbit, before descending down to the surface to collect samples that will be returned to Earth for analysis. Click to view the OSIRIS-REx launch […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Asteroid, Atlas V, Bennu, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Kennedy Space Center, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Origins, OSIRIS-REx, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, SLC 41, Space Launch Complex 41, Spectral Interpretation, United Launch Alliance
SpaceX launched the ninth of its commercial resupply missions for NASA to the International Space Station on 18 July 2016 at 12:45 a.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Besides getting the Dragon spacecraft successfully off into orbit, the first stage booster was successfully flown back to a safe touchdown on Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral. These images show the entry burn as the engines fire to slow the booster as it falls from a high altitude while traveling […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Commercial Resupply, Dragon spacecraft, Falcon 9, Falcon 9 rocket, first stage, International Space Station, ISS, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, SLC 40, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Space Launch Complex 40, SpaceX
As seen from Florida — it is all about perspective after all — the planet Mercury could be seen moving across the face of the Sun on 9 May 2016. Florida was lucky enough to be positioned to see the entire event, which lasted for more than seven hours. Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun, having the shortest “year” of all the planets in the Solar System. Other interesting info from NASA states “Mercury’s day is 176 Earth […]
May 5, 2016 has been selected as National Astronaut Day and today is the first annual observance. The day coincides with NASA astronaut Alan Shepard’s historic suborbital flight aboard Mercury-Redstone 3 on May 5, 1961. Riding inside the Freedom 7 Mercury space capsule, Shepard’s quick jaunt took him 116-miles into space before splashing down a little over 300 miles from Cape Canaveral fifteen minutes after launch. A small step heralding bigger things to come. Pictured is John Glenn’s spacesuit on […]
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: Alan Shepard, astronaut, Freedom 7, John Glenn, Mercury, Mercury Program, Mercury-Redstone rocket, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Air and Space Museum, National Astronaut Day, Project Mercury