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New comet likely visitor from another solar system

The solar system may have another foreign guest. NASA and the European Space Agency say a newly discovered comet zooming toward the sun is likely from another star.


Study finds the universe might be 2 billion years younger

New calculations suggest the universe could be a couple billion years younger than scientists now estimate, and even younger than suggested by two other calculations published this year that trimmed …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, 6:33 p.m.

Anne McClain responds on Twitter to scrutiny of her access to estranged wife’s bank account from space

A Spokane native and decorated NASA astronaut on Saturday denied allegations she committed identity theft by accessing her estranged wife’s bank account while aboard the International Space Station.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 8:02 p.m.

Spacewalking astronauts add parking spot to space station

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


NASA scientists fly over Greenland to track melting ice

NASA scientists are crisscrossing Greenland on a mission to track melting ice. Greenland has been melting faster in the last decade and this summer, it has seen two of the …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 5:36 p.m.

New UN warming report sees hungry future that can be avoided

On the ground, climate change is hitting us where it counts: the stomach – not to mention the forests, plants and animals.


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

Scientists almost didn’t detect approach of ‘city-killer asteroid’

Alan Duffy was confused. On Thursday, the astronomer’s phone was suddenly flooded with calls from reporters wanting to know about a large asteroid that had just whizzed past Earth, and …


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 5:56 p.m.

Chris Kraft, 1st flight director for NASA, dies at 95

Chris Kraft, who created NASA’s Mission Control and made split-second white-knuckle decisions from the first daring Mercury mission to the triumphant moon landings, has died. He was 95.


UPDATED: Sun., July 21, 2019, 11:19 a.m.

‘We were part of that’: WSU research team made largely forgotten contribution to man’s first moon visit

A team of researchers on the Palouse pitched in directly to the $24 billion effort that sent man to the moon’s surface 50 years ago today, but their contribution to …


The moon landing was a giant leap for movies, too

The space race was always going to be won by filmmakers and science-fiction writers. Jules Verne penned “From the Earth to the Moon” in 1865, prophesying three U.S. astronauts rocketing …


Here’s a fact: We went to the moon in 1969

Fifty years after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, some people insist it never happened and was all a big hoax by the U.S. government.


Before moon landing, astronauts learned geology in Arizona

Before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin knew they would be the first to walk on the moon, they took crash courses in geology at the Grand Canyon and a nearby …


Rob Curley: Subscribing in space

The customer call that came one day last December was different than any other. A longtime resident wanted daily delivery of The Spokesman-Review. At the International Space Station.


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 …


NASA launches Orion crew capsule to test abort system

NASA conducted a full-stress launch abort test Tuesday for the Orion capsules designed to carry astronauts to the moon.


Floating Antarctic ice goes from record high to record lows

The amount of ice circling Antarctica is suddenly plunging from a record high to record lows, baffling scientists.


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 5:03 p.m.

NASA opening moon rock samples sealed since Apollo missions

NASA prepping to open moon rock samples sealed since the Apollo missions


UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019, 9:27 p.m.

Spokane astronaut Anne McClain back on Earth

After 204 days in space, Spokane astronaut Anne McClain returned to Earth.


Long-distance trip: NASA opens space station to visitors

NASA opening International Space Station to private visitors, starting as early as next year.


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 7:05 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 4:47 p.m.

NASA: Budget boost ‘good start’ to put astronauts on moon

NASA’s chief says the Trump administration’s proposed $1.6 billion budget boost is a “good start” for putting astronauts back on the moon.


SpaceX launches supplies to space station after power delays

SpaceX launched a load of supplies to the International Space Station on Saturday following a pair of unusual power delays.


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

SpaceX confirms crew capsule destroyed in ground testing

SpaceX finally confirmed Thursday its crew capsule was destroyed in ground testing two weeks ago and conceded that the accident is “not great news” for the company’s effort to launch …


Space station power shortage delays SpaceX supply run

A major power shortage at the International Space Station has delayed this week’s SpaceX supply run.


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019, 10:15 p.m.

New study says universe expanding faster and is younger

A Nobel-winning astronomer says the universe is expanding faster than it used to and may be a billion years younger than previously thought


Martha Ackmann: She would have been the first American woman in space; Congress held her back

Chances are you don’t know Jerrie Cobb’s name. But you would have, were it not for sexism at NASA and Congress.


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 8:14 p.m.

Mars lander picks up what’s likely 1st detected marsquake

NASA’s InSight lander has picked up a gentle rumble at Mars, believed to be the first marsquake ever detected.


SpaceX suffers serious setback with crew capsule accident

SpaceX has suffered a serious setback in its effort to launch NASA astronauts into orbit this year, with the fiery loss of its first crew capsule.


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019, 10:46 a.m.

Spokane astronaut Anne McClain nabs Easter feast for International Space Station

A private cargo ship has arrived at the International Space Station following a 1-day journey from Virginia.


NASA’s 1st female astronaut candidate, Jerrie Cobb, dies

NASA’s first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, has died. In 1961, Cobb became the first woman to pass astronaut testing. Altogether, 13 women passed the arduous physical testing and …