A view from inside Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Building looking out the open doors of High Bay #4. Discovery sits in silhouette while beyond, under Discovery’s wing at right, can be seen Atlantis waiting to enter the Orbiter Processing Facility in March 2012. Click to relive the retirement of the Space Shuttle Program.
Photographing the launch of the Pegasus XL rocket carrying the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) from its Stargazer L-1011 aircraft flying over the Atlantic Ocean offshore of Cape Canaveral was always going to be challenging but the partly-cloudy skies really did it in. Click to view what was expected and what happened.
Check out the selected photos from the launch and booster landing of the CRS-18 resupply mission to the International Space Station on 25 July 2019. Click to view gallery.
Chances were slim the massive front of disturbed weather filled with rainstorms and lightning trekking across Florida would clear out of the area in time for the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sending a Dragon spacecraft filled with supplies to the International Space Station on 24 July 2019. As expected, the bad weather forced the rocket to remain on the ground at Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station pending its next launch attempt on 25 […]
NASA decided to quarantine the Apollo 11 astronauts and their lunar samples immediately upon opening the spacecraft hatch after splashdown on 24 July 1969 to guard against the remote possibility of the Apollo astronauts returning from the Moon infected with extraterrestrial diseases. The reverse was also true. Scientists wanted the lunar samples quarantined against any chance of contamination by terrestrial organisms to keep the lunar samples as pure as possible for study. According to NASA, “The MQF [Mobile Quarantine Facility] […]
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launching STP-2 produces a massive fiery tail as it heads to orbit on the vehicle’s first night launch. Click for more.
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Department of Defense, DoD, Falcon Heavy, Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Space and Missile Systems Center, Space Test Program, SpaceX, STP-2
Late night excitement as a SpaceX Falcon Heavy booster launched at 2:30 a.m. on 25 June 2019 carrying 24 separate spacecraft into orbit for the Department of Defense’s Space Test Program-2 (STP-2). In this almost nine minute time exposure, the arc of the rocket into orbit gives way over seven minutes later to the entry burns of the twin boosters seen at top as two parallel lines. Then the boosters fall before starting their engines again, seen as the two […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Department of Defense, DoD, Falcon Heavy, Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Space and Missile Systems Center, Space Test Program, SpaceX, STP-2
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http://youtu.be/Zl3ccXHLIfs My video homage to the end of the Space Shuttle Program using audio taken from the last flights of Discovery, Endeavour, and Atlantis in addition to images I’ve taken of those flights and from various Kennedy Space Center Up-Close tours and other events to get near these incredible vehicles during their preparation and move into retirement.
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: Atlantis, Discovery, Endeavour, Kennedy Space Center, Kennedy Space Center Up-Close, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space Shuttle, Space Shuttle Program, Up-Close
The Orbiter Endeavour streaks to a landing behind telephone poles, a palm tree, and a metal tower for a landing at Kennedy Space Center ending the STS-127 construction mission to the International Space Station on 31 July 2009.
A time exposure shows the launch, at left, of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket taking a Dragon spacecraft loaded with supplies to the International Space Station at 2:48 a.m. on 4 May 2019 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The streaks at right are, at top, the first stage booster performing the entry burn, then a gap as the booster free falls, until starting its engines again, at lower right, to gently land on the […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Commercial Resupply Services, CRS-17, Falcon 9, International Space Station, ISS, Launch Complex 40, NASA, OCISLY, Of Course I Still Love You, SLC 40, SpaceX