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News Archive / Author: Mike Howard

Mike Howard was born on Florida's Space Coast in 1961, growing up on the beaches near the Kennedy Space Center when rockets first started to fly into space. As a small boy, one of the first photographs he took was in July 1969 - of the Apollo 11 launch to the Moon with his father's Nikon. With over 20 years of professional photographic experience Howard has been published in various media including Florida Today, Air and Space Magazine and has worked with SpaceX and Space Florida as well as other news outlets. In 1998 his company started offering destination wedding photography services in the Cocoa Beach area and in 2005 Michael Howard Photography L.L.C. was formed.

Articles By Mike Howard

  • Alan Parsons Live Project set to sing Apollo 11’s praises

    July 11th, 2019

    COCOA, Fla. -- With the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing just around the corner, the Alan Parsons Live Project will put on a concert to honor the occasion. SpaceFlight Insider spoke with Parsons to get his take on the mission and how he is working to honor its memory.

  • Booster core for historic CFT mission arrives in Florida

    June 6th, 2019

    The booster core for a ULA Atlas V rocket, one tasked with a historic mission, emerged from the Delta Mariner transport ship after a voyage from the company's processing facilities located in Decatur, Alabama.

  • Firefly Aerospace begins operations at Cape Canaveral Spaceport

    February 22nd, 2019

    As the age where space efforts strictly being a federal affair fades, a new era, one where private companies act as the "tip of the spear" expands. One such company, Firefly Aerospace, has opened the door even further with an announcement made on Feb. 22.

  • NASA remembers its fallen astronauts in annual ceremony

    February 7th, 2019

    Today, NASA paused to reflect and remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of space exploration in its annual Day of Remembrance ceremony.

  • US Mint unveils Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin

    January 25th, 2019

    The United States Mint unveiled a series of commemorative coins celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.

  • ‘Custom’ ride on the road to Mars unveiled at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

    June 7th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — More and more, NASA and its family of contractors are focusing their attention on the Red Planet, and an event held at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Monday, June 5, showed off some sporty new wheels that any astronaut would love to use when cruising the flash-frozen plains of Mars.

  • On NASA’s Day of Remembrance, Florida’s skies weep

    January 31st, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Although the general public might not be aware of it, all of NASA’s three crewed tragedies took place within seven days of one another. On Jan. 27, 1967 the crew of Apollo 1 lost their lives in a fire on the pad, on Jan. 28, 1986, space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds […]

  • NASA’s Morpheus awake from slumber, ascends at Kennedy Space Center

    January 17th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — NASA’s Morpheus test article has made a triumphant return to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. A little less than a year-and-a-half after the first Morpheus crashed at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF), the second Morpheus has started conducting test flights. Yesterday, the second lander conducted a free-flight at […]

  • NASA’s ‘Super-Guppy’ delivers Orion spacecraft’s heat shield to Kennedy Space Center

    December 5th, 2013

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – One of the strangest-looking aircraft in NASA’s fleet delivered the heat shield which will be used for next year’s first flight of the space agency’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle – Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1). The “Super Guppy” as it is known touched down Wednesday Dec. 4.