Latest rocket launch: United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) rocket launches the 9th Wideband Global SATCOM satellite (WGS-9) at 8:18pm on March 18th, 2017.
This two image composite shows the launch of the WGS-9 satellite atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) rocket. This image combines an 8 second exposure of the sky taken less than a minute before the launch with a 132 second exposure of the Delta IV rocket streaking into space.
Extreme closeup of the Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) rocket’s Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-68A engine and four Orbital ATK GEM-60 solid rocket motors as it lifts the WGS-9 satellite to orbit.
Hi! I’m John Kraus, a 17 year old photographer on Florida’s Space Coast. I’m a spaceflight photojournalist for AmericaSpace ; I place sound-activated “remote” cameras at the various launchpads on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and capture stunning closeup views of rocket launches from Florida. While most of my best images are of rocket launches, I enjoy taking landscape images as well. I’ve recently entered the world of aerial drone photography and deep sky object (DSO) astrophotography, too.
Additionally, I’m currently working on the “photo a day challenge.” It’s simple: I take and upload a photo every day, and each day has its own unique photo. I started on the first day of 2016, and haven’t looked back since. I’ve yet to miss a day, and post each day’s photo to Instagram by midnight.
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The United States Navy’s MUOS-5 satellite is delivered to space on June 24th, 2016 atop an Atlas V rocket; the rocket flew in its largest configuration, with a five-meter payload fairing, five solid rocket boosters, and one upper stage engine.
United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy climbs off of the pad, carrying the NROL-37 payload to orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office on June 11th, 2016.
On July 18th, 2016, at 12:45am, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launches the CRS-9 resupply mission to the International Space Station, and the first stage of the rocket successfully lands at Cape Canaveral roughly eight minutes after launch.
Kyrie Irving’s three pointer with 53 seconds remaining in game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals propels the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first championship in franchise history.
Trans-lunar flight. A plane briefly eclipses the full moon.
Birds silhouetted against a beautiful golden sunset.
Seagull at sunrise.
Conjunction between the crescent moon, Venus (left), and Mars (top).
Flames dance around a Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) rocket as its engines ignite. The rocket sent the WGS-8 satellite to orbit on December 7th, 2016.
Captured with the same camera that captured the previous image, this photograph shows the Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) rocket with the WGS-8 Air Force satellite climbing off the pad to orbit.
Crescent moon at sunset
USAF Thunderbirds at the 40th Annual TICO Warbird Airshow on March 11th, 2017
An Atlas V 401 rocket launches the SBIRS GEO-3 satellite on January 20th, 2017.
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft heads to the asteroid Bennu after launch atop an Atlas V 411 rocket, which flew with only one solid rocket booster. This photograph was taken from about 25 yards out into the ocean at Playalinda Beach.
This long exposure photograph catches the launch of the JCSAT-14 satellite atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket’s first stage and second stage burns are visible among a few star trails. Photo taken from Satellite Beach, Florida on May 6th, 2016.
A classified National Reconnaissance Office payload, NROL-61, is launched atop an Atlas V rocket early in the day on July 28th, 2016.
A closeup photo of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch of the Eutelsat/ABS satellites on June 15th, 2016.
United Launch Alliance launches a Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) rocket carrying the AFSPC-6 mission for the United States Air Force on August 19th, 2016.
Surfing underneath a full moon. This image is one frame.
An Atlas V rocket flying in the 431 configuration launches the EchoStar XIX internet satellite on December 18th, 2016.
Stunning sunset over Florida’s Space Coast, viewed from some 250 feet above the Banana River
An eagle soars over the Viera Wetlands.
For Halloween, I carved a pumpkin, doused it in lighter fluid, and lit it on fire.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launches the EchoStar XXIII satellite at 2:00am EDT on March 16th, 2017. The rocket’s first and second stage burns are visible in this single 226 second long exposure image.
Liftoff of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Thaicom 8 satellite on May 27th, 2016. This view is close to what your eyes see from just under three miles away from a Falcon 9 launch.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launches Thaicom 8 about an hour before sunset on May 27th, 2016.
A tide pool created beautiful trails in the sand on a beach in Satellite Beach, Florida.
The Milky Way shines over Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, one of Florida’s darkest locations.
In a historic flight on December 21st, 2015, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket delivers 11 ORBCOMM satellites to orbit and successfully lands its first stage for the first time at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This two image composite came after a nearly six month hiatus for SpaceX after a catastrophic launch failure in June 2015.
A lighthouse stands tall in Saint Simons Island, Georgia.
Delta IV Heavy pushes NROL-37 to orbit on June 11th, 2016.
Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves throws down a vicious dunk in Orlando.
M42: The Great Orion Nebula. 30 minutes of light across 40 exposures was combined to make this image.
Despite impressive defense from Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, Kawhi Leonard wins the game for the San Antonio Spurs, knocking down the game winning shot with a few seconds remaining.
An Atlas V rocket launches the GOES-R satellite an hour after sunset on November 19th, 2016. This image was taken from Playalinda Beach, a public access beach roughly six miles north of Space Launch Complex 41.
On a cold February morning, an Atlas V rocket launches the final GPS IIF satellite, GPS IIF-12, for the United States Air Force. This February 5th, 2016 launch was my first as a credentialed journalist for AmericaSpace.com.
Space Shuttle Atlantis sits on display at Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex.
United Launch Alliance conducts their 100th launch as they deliver the Morelos-3 satellite to orbit with an Atlas V launch vehicle.
A Falcon 9 first stage is transported horizontally through Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 14th, 2016. The first stage successfully delivered the JCSAT-14 satellite to orbit a few days prior.