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UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 6, 2020

NASA’s record-setting Koch, crewmates safely back from space

NASA astronaut Christina Koch, who spent nearly 11 months in orbit to set a record for the longest spaceflight by a woman, landed safely Thursday in Kazakhstan along with two …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020

Astronaut craves salsa and surf after record 11 months aloft

After nearly 11 months in orbit, the astronaut holding the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman can’t wait to dig into some salsa and chips, and swim and …


Navy Lt. Kayla Barron of Richland completes astronaut training, sets her sights on the stars

The 32-year-old graduated Friday from a two-year astronaut training program in Houston. She’s among the class of new astronauts who’ll be eligible for space flight as NASA sets its sights …


Even from space, Anne McClain stays tethered to young people in Spokane

As a preschooler, she set her mind to becoming an astronaut. Now, a big part of her mission is talking to young people about space, science and service.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 17, 2019

Local astronaut Anne McClain, filmmaker José Franciso Salgado give Spokane Symphony audience a view of the stars

Anne McClain, Spokane native and visitor to the International Space Station, helped introduce films of the moon and planets this weekend to sold-out Spokane Symphony shows. McClain later spoke with …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 15, 2019

Astronauts start spacewalk series to fix cosmic ray detector

Astronauts launched an extraordinarily complicated series of spacewalks Friday to fix a cosmic ray detector at the International Space Station.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019

Spacewalking astronauts add parking spot to space station

Spacewalking astronauts added another parking spot to the International Space Station on Wednesday.


NASA astronaut, Spokane native Anne McClain returns to Earth, shoots for the Moon

After 204 days in space, Spokane native Anne McClain returned to Earth on June 24, and she said the experience of actually living in space made her want to go …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019

Live from the International Space Station: Astronaut Anne McClain speaks to Spokane students at Gonzaga Prep

Nearing the end of her six-month mission on the International Space Station, the Spokane native urged students to stay focused on their dreams and provided a personal narrative of the …


US astronaut to spend 11 months in space, set female record

A NASA astronaut will spend nearly a year at the International Space Station, setting a record for women. Station astronaut Christina Koch will remain on board for about 11 months, …


Former astronaut Owen Garriott dies, flew on Skylab station

Former astronaut Owen Garriott, who flew on America’s first space station, Skylab, and whose son followed him into orbit, has died at age 88.


NASA twins study explores space, the final genetic frontier

A unique study of twin astronauts is helping scientists uncover how the body responds to long space travel.


UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019

Spokane astronaut Anne McClain addresses spacesuit issue, ‘SNL’ skit in ‘Today’ interview from International Space Station

Spokane native Anne McClain addressed the space suit sizing controversy on the TODAY show – two days after she was parodied on Saturday Night Live.


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019

Spokane astronaut McClain backs up decision to cancel first ever all-female spacewalk

Spokane native and NASA astronaut Anne McClain said she made the recommendation to swap her out of what would have been the first all-female spacewalk in history. “Leaders must make …


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019

NASA reassigns Spokane native Anne McClain, delaying first all-female spacewalk

McClain was expected to participate in the history-making event on Friday with fellow NASA astronaut Christina Koch, but the agency said Monday that crew members had been reassigned, in part …


Year in space put US astronaut’s disease defenses on alert

Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly’s immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin, researchers …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019

Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly makes Democratic bid for Senate seat

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who became a prominent gun-control advocate after his wife and former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in a failed assassination attempt, announced Tuesday he will …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019

NASA replaces astronaut on Boeing’s first crew launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA has replaced an astronaut assigned to Boeing’s first launch with a crew. Astronaut Eric Boe was pulled Tuesday from the upcoming test flight for unspecified …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018

Spokane astronaut Anne McClain boards International Space Station as Gonzaga Prep follows the journey

Three astronauts successfully blasted off Monday to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan, a perfect launch that follows October’s aborted mission.


NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch

The NASA astronaut who survived last week’s failed launch and emergency landing knew he needed to stay calm.


Alan Bean, Apollo 12 astronaut who walked on the moon, dies at 86

Alan Bean, a NASA astronaut who journeyed into space two times and, as part of the Apollo 12 mission in 1969, became the fourth man to walk on the moon, …


15 years after Columbia space shuttle disaster, remembering Spokane’s own Michael Phillip Anderson

Today marks 15 years since the destruction of the Columbia shuttle and the loss of Spokane’s own astronaut, Michael Phillip Anderson. The Spokesman-Review sat down with his mother, Barbara, to …


NASA bumps astronaut off June spaceflight in rare move

Astronaut Jeanette Epps was supposed to rocket away in early June, and would have been the first African-American to live on the International Space Station. Late Thursday, NASA announced it …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018

Legendary astronaut, moonwalker John Young has died

Legendary astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight, has died, NASA said Saturday. Young was 87.


Astronaut Herrington wants kids to reach for the stars

For children who dream of reaching the stars, John Herrington wants to talk with you. Herrington is an aba’ nowa’ – or, directly translated, an above walker. That’s the word …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017

Apollo 12 astronaut Richard Gordon, a Seattle native who circled moon, dies

Former Apollo 12 astronaut Richard Gordon, one of a dozen men who flew around the moon but didn’t land there, has died, NASA said. The Seattle native was 88.


U.S. astronaut’s memoir provides blunt take on year in space

In his new autobiography, retired astronaut Scott Kelly gives an unflinchingly blunt take on his U.S. record-breaking year in space.


UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017

Woman gets prison for embezzling $750,000 from former astronaut

A former Orcas Island bookkeeper will serve three years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges for embezzling more than $750,000 from a former NASA astronaut and his wife.


UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017

NASA picks 12 new astronauts from record number of applicants

NASA chose 12 new astronauts Wednesday from its biggest pool of applicants ever, selecting seven men and five women who could one day fly aboard the nation’s next generation of …


Trump calls U.S. astronaut who broke record for time in space

President Donald Trump made a very long distance phone call to the International Space Station, to congratulate its commander on breaking the record for the most time spent in space …