Antares 1st Blast off from Virginia on April 21

by Dr. Ken Kremer

Antares rocket erected at Virginia’s Eastern shore for maiden April 21 liftoff a few hundred feet from the Atlantic Ocean. Credit: Ken Kremer

Antares rocket erected at Virginia’s Eastern shore for maiden April 21 liftoff a few hundred feet from the Atlantic Ocean. Credit: Ken Kremer

The privately developed Antares rocket built by Orbital Sciences Corp. successfully blasted off on its maiden test flight from the shores of Virginia on April 21 at 5 p.m. EDT from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad-0A at NASA Wallops – inaugurating the new commercial space race and delivered a pioneering trio of low cost NASA Smartphone nanosatellites to orbit.

The Antares rocket pierced the cloudless clear blue Virginia skies as the biggest, loudest and brightest rocket ever to launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. Antares picture perfect liftoff marked the first step in a public/private collaboration between NASA and Orbital Sciences to restart cargo delivery services to the International Space Station (ISS) that were lost following the forced retirement of NASA’s space shuttle orbiters in 2011.

The test flight also signified the first launch from Americas newest space port at Pad-0A. Antares is a medium class rocket similar to the Delta II and SpaceX Falcon 9. The primary goal was to test the Antares rocket and boost a simulated version of the Cygnus cargo carrier – known as a mass simulator – into Earth orbit. A real Cygnus spacecraft will dock at the ISS on the next flight due this summer and deliver cargo and science experiments to the crew of 6 astronauts.

Read more about Antares at my Universe Today articles here: http://www.universetoday.com/101502/antares-maiden-soar-pierces-virginia-sky-and-delivers-nasa-smartphone-pioneer-nanosats-to-orbit/

http://www.universetoday.com/101441/antares-launch-ignites-commercial-space-competition-race/

http://www.universetoday.com/101255/antares-rocket-erected-at-virginia-pad-for-inaugural-april-17-launch-photo-gallery/

Curiosity Discovers Habitable Zone on Mars

Curiosity accomplished historic 1st drilling into Martian rock on Feb 8, 2013 shown in this panoramic photo mosaic view of Yellowknife Bay where the robot is currently working. Robotic arm is pressing down on outcrop of veined hy-drated minerals – dramatically back dropped with her ultimate destination; Mount Sharp. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Ken Kremer/Marco Di Lorenzo

Curiosity accomplished historic 1st drilling into Martian rock on Feb 8, 2013 shown in this panoramic photo mosaic view of Yellowknife Bay where the robot is currently working. Robotic arm is pressing down on outcrop of veined hy-drated minerals – dramatically back dropped with her ultimate destination; Mount Sharp. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Ken Kremer/Marco Di Lorenzo


NASA’s Curiosity has discovered a habitable zone that possesses the key ingredients needed for possible alien microbes to once have thrived in the distant past on the Red Planet. The robot found widespread evidence for repeated episodes of flowing liquid water, hydrated mineral veins and phyllosilicates clay minerals on the floor of her Gale Crater landing site after analyz-ing the first powder ever drilled from a Martian rock.

See my new Mars mosaics and an interview with me at Space.com and NBC
http://www.space.com/20862-stunning-mars-panoramas-curiosity-rover.html

http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/23/17431884-mars-curiosity-rover-gets-back-to-sending-snapshots?lite

http://www.universetoday.com/100935/terran-fleet-at-mars-takes-a-break-for-conjunction-enjoy-the-video-and-parting-view/

Curiosity mosaics featured in Yahoo News
http://news.yahoo.com/stunning-mars-panoramas-capture-curiosity-rover-photos-120913425.html

Astronomy Outreach by Dr. Ken Kremer
Chesterfield Elementary School, Burlington, NJ, May 21: “A Trio of NASA Mars Rovers (in 3 D)”
Rittenhouse Astronomical Society: Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA: Jun 12, 8 PM, “Antares Rocket Launch from Virginia”

Please contact Ken for more info or science outreach presentations:
Email: kremerken@yahoo.com website: www.kenkremer.com
http://www.universetoday.com/author/ken-kremer/

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