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Spacewalking astronauts wrap up battery improvements

A pair of spacewalking astronauts successfully wrapped up battery improvements outside the International Space Station on Monday, completing a job begun last fall.

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

U.S. astronaut sets record for longest spaceflight by a woman

A U.S. astronaut has set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman

3 astronauts return from International Space Station

Three astronauts have returned to Earth after more than six months aboard the International Space Station.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018

U.S., Russian astronauts land safely after rocket failure

The problem came two minutes into the flight: The rocket carrying an American and a Russian to the International Space Station failed Thursday, triggering an emergency that sent their capsule …

Air leak temporarily patched at International Space Station

Astronauts scrambled Thursday to patch a tiny hole that was allowing air to leak from the Russian side of the International Space Station.

NASA announces astronauts for SpaceX, Boeing launches from U.S.

After a seven-year hiatus, American astronauts will once again go to space from the U.S.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018

Astronauts picked for SpaceX, Boeing capsule test flights

NASA on Friday assigned the astronauts who will ride the first commercial capsules into orbit next year and bring crew launches back to the U.S.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 4, 2017

Astronauts make, fling, float, eat pizzas on space station

The first-ever pizza party in space is getting sky-high reviews.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017

Lofty Thanksgiving: Astronauts feasting on pouches of turkey

Astronauts at the International Space Station will feast Thursday on pouches of Thanksgiving turkey.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017

In space capsules, little room but big improvement

Boeing Co. and SpaceX are relying on the tried-and-true design as the two companies each develop spacecraft under NASA contracts to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017

NASA launches last of its longtime tracking satellites

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA launched the last of its longtime tracking and communication satellites on Friday, a vital link to astronauts in orbit as well as the Hubble Space …

Trump says he hopes humans set foot on Mars ‘during my second term’

To the long list of ambitious goals he has set, no matter how far-fetched they might seem, President Donald Trump on Monday added this: placing humans on Mars.

Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Apollo 13, April 19, 1970

Rhea Seddon, pioneering astronaut and surgeon, to speak at Gonzaga

When she was preparing for her first NASA mission, surgeon and astronaut Rhea Seddon remembered there were some concerns about whether a woman’s body could adapt to space as well …

NASA astronauts training in water survival at Fairchild

Four NASA astronauts who hope to travel to the International Space Station next year aboard “private space taxis” are in water-survival training at Fairchild Air Force Base.

Hundreds honor 3 astronauts lost in Apollo fire 50 years ago

Moonwalkers and dozens of others who took part in NASA’s storied Apollo program paid tribute Thursday to the three astronauts killed in a fire 50 years ago. On the eve …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017

NASA displays Apollo capsule hatch 50 years after fatal fire

A relic from America’s first space tragedy is finally going on display this week, 50 years after a fire on the launch pad killed three astronauts at the start of …

Looking Back: Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Space flight, Sept. 16, 1966

Astronauts enter world’s first inflatable space habitat

Space station astronauts opened the world’s first inflatable space habitat Monday and floated inside.

NASA inflates new space station room

NASA successfully inflated a new experimental room at the International Space Station on Saturday, producing the world’s first pump-it-up compartment for astronauts.

Priest River teacher marks 25 years of astronaut visits

Someone once told teacher Chris Naccarato he’d never get an astronaut to visit his students at Priest River Elementary School. He didn’t get one. He got over 20 astronauts – …

Science Channel series tells of close calls in space

NEW YORK – Lunch with former astronauts Robert Curbeam, Jerry Linenger and Yi So-yeon feels a little like eavesdropping on the meeting of a special club.

NASA loses hundreds of moon, space rocks

Astronauts may have had the ‘right stuff’ to go to the moon, but when it comes to keeping track of what they brought back, NASA seems to have misplaced some …

For kids, the idea of becoming an astronaut is going nowhere

Retiring the space shuttles, and the iffy immediate future for manned space flight, has implications beyond the realm of science and exploration. It colors the future in another way. For …

Space shuttle comes to ‘final stop’ after 30 years

Atlantis and four astronauts returned from the International Space Station in triumph today, bringing an end to NASA’s 30-year shuttle journey with one last, rousing touchdown that drew cheers and …

UPDATED: Fri., July 8, 2011

Atlantis launches in final space shuttle mission

Atlantis and four astronauts rocketed into orbit today on NASA’s last space shuttle voyage, dodging bad weather and delighting hundreds of thousands of spectators on hand to witness the end …

Adventurer connects thrill-seeking, trigonometry

Summer 1977. John Herrington, suspended from the University of Colorado for lousy grades, hangs by one arm from a cliff, holding a prism for highway surveyors, earning four bucks an …

Ex-astronaut Dunbar always set sights high

Bonnie Dunbar’s travel photos are a lot more interesting than most. When the former astronaut showed her family homestead near Sunnyside, Wash., to Spokane’s Rotary 21 club Thursday, the view …

Astronaut and teacher talks about lessons, challenges of space

Idaho schoolteacher Barbara Morgan was next in line to be NASA’s teacher in space when the first designee for that post, Christa McAuliffe, was killed in the Challenger space shuttle …

Doll eyes final frontier

Next week when the space shuttle Discovery begins its mission to the International Space Station, a Spokane passenger will be on board – Flat Marie, all seven inches of her, …