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News Archive / Author: Michael McCabe

A native of Lonedell, Missouri, Michael McCabe is a former Long Island firefighter and emergency medical technician. He is a non-active Florida EMT with 20 years of fire rescue experience. He is also a lifelong science fiction and space enthusiast. At the age of 10, he watched in his school classroom as the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986. In 2008, he moved to the Sunshine State and works as a private tour guide at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for a private company based in Orlando. McCabe has been a fan of SpaceFlight Insider since our inception in 2013. He reached out to ask how he could assist our efforts to spread space flight awareness. Shortly thereafter, he was welcomed into our expanding team.

Articles By Michael McCabe

  • Pam Melroy confirmed, sworn-in as NASA deputy administrator

    June 21st, 2021

    Former NASA astronaut Pam Melroy was sworn-in as NASA's 15th deputy administrator on June 21, 2021, at the agency's headquarters in Washington.

  • NASA releases 3D video of Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s 3rd flight

    May 31st, 2021

    On April 25, 2021, the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter performed its third test flight. Recently, NASA engineers converted a video of the flight into anaglyph 3D.

  • China orbits ‘Tianhe,’ the core of its multi-module space station

    April 29th, 2021

    China has begun construction of a large three-module space station with the launch of the Tianhe core module, starting a two-year assembly sequence.

  • Engineers detail plans for Ingenuity Mars helicopter’s first flight

    March 24th, 2021

    Now that NASA’s Perseverance rover is safely on Mars, all eyes are shifting toward the deployment of a small technology demonstration, a drone-like helicopter called Ingenuity.

  • Astra suffers anomaly following first orbital-attempt liftoff

    September 13th, 2020

    Astra suffered a setback during their first orbital attempt, as their Rocket 3 series rocket lifted off into the skies over Launch Pad 3B in Kodiak, Alaska at 7:19 P.M. ADT, before an anomaly occurred causing the rocket to fall back to earth. 

  • President Trump delivers remarks after Demo-2 launch

    June 6th, 2020

        President Donald J. Trump gave a speech inside of NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building after the successful launch of astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.

  • Astronauts Behnken, Hurley arrive in Florida; only 7 days until Demo-2

    May 20th, 2020

    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana welcomed the crew of the SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the Cape on May 20, 2020. Set to lift off in just 7 days, Demo-2 will be the first crewed launch from American soil since OV-104 Atlantis took her final flight on July 8, 2011. […]

  • Boeing CST-100 Starliner Testing Deficiencies Identified

    March 9th, 2020

    Details are emerging about exactly what and how testing was performed prior to Boeing launching their Starliner test capsule on December 20, 2019, a flight which resulted in a mixed outcome instead of what was supposed to be a resounding and highly anticipated success.

  • Gallery: SpaceX’s Dragon clears safety check paving way for crewed missions

    January 19th, 2020

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Images from the Jan. 19 test of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft which successfully demonstrated the vehicle's ability to pull astronauts away from the rocket in the event of an accident on its way to orbit.

  • Collision likely factor in creation of tiny Neptunian moon

    March 6th, 2019

    A moon orbiting Neptune that was discovered using the Hubble Space Telescope in 2013 finally has an origin theory, according to NASA.

  • Final RS-25 hot-fire test of 2017 completed

    December 13th, 2017

    NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have conducted the final RS-25 hot-fire test of 2017 at their Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The six-minute, 40-second test was conducted at Stennis' A-1 Test Stand. The test also continued the development of components that utilized additive manufacturing (a.k.a. "3-D printing").

  • Harry Kolcum Awards presented at NSCFLC November 2017

    November 16th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On November 14, 2017, the National Space Club Florida Committee (NSCFLC) November 2017 luncheon kicked off with the Pledge of Allegiance and the introduction of their 2017–2018 Chairperson Patty Stratton who was introduced by Dale Ketchum. The day’s event focused on the 2017 Harry Kolcum News & Communications Award.

  • Webb project scientist speaks at NSCFC luncheon

    July 12th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On Tuesday, July 11, the National Space Club Florida Committee held its monthly luncheon at the Radisson Resort in Port Canaveral. Each month members of the group meet and invite a keynote invitee to showcase a certain aspect or particular project in the aerospace industry.

  • University students innovate at NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition

    May 26th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Students from dozens of universities across the United States gathered at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for NASA's 2017 Robotic Mining Competition (NRMC). Students showcased and competed with their robotic concepts, which could potentially be used by NASA on actual future off-Earth mining.