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Most distant world ever explored gets new name: Arrokoth

The most distant world ever explored 4 billion miles away finally has an official name: Arrokoth. That means “sky” in the language of the Native American Powhatan people, NASA said …


Mini Mercury skips across sun’s vast glare in rare transit

Mini Mercury skipped across the vast, glaring face of the sun Monday in a rare celestial transit.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 9, 2019

Mercury will pass in front of the sun on Monday

The stellar show, which only happens about 13 times a century, starts at 7:35 a.m. EST when the tiny planet begins the transit across the sun, according to NASA.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 4, 2019

Boeing crew capsule completes major flight test in desert

Boeing’s capsule for astronauts underwent its first major flight test Monday, shooting a mile into the air then parachuting back to the New Mexico desert.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 4, 2019

International Space Station’s latest delivery includes 12 bottles of fine French wine

The International Space Station’s latest delivery includes 12 bottles of fine French wine. A Luxembourg company sent up the red wine, not for the astronauts to drink but rather in …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

World’s first female spacewalking team makes history

The world’s first female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, floating out of the International Space Station to fix a broken part of the power network.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Space station’s 2 women prep for 1st all-female spacewalk

Men have floated out the hatch on all 420 spacewalks conducted over the past half-century. That changes Friday with spacewalk No. 421.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Hubble Telescope zooms in on interstellar visitor

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the best pictures yet of our newest interstellar visitor.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

NASA moves up 1st all-female spacewalk to fix power unit

NASA is moving up the first all-female spacewalk to this week because of a power system failure at the International Space Station.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

Astronaut Anne McClain shares space stories, urges students to rise above challenges in Gonzaga Prep speech

The Army lieutenant colonel, a G Prep alumnus from the class of 1997, steered clear of the controversy surrounding her talk, instead taking students on a visual journey following her …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019

NASA sets first all-female spacewalk after suit flap in spring

The first all-female spacewalk is back on, six months after a suit-sizing flap led to an embarrassing cancellation.


New partnership could turn Seattle region into a 5G hub

The 5G Open Innovation Lab, in partnership with Bellevue-based T-Mobile, the University of Washington and the city of Bellevue, will connect 5G startups with investors and technology labs to test …


NASA lander captures marsquakes, other Martian sounds

NASA’s InSight lander on Mars has captured the low rumble of marsquakes and a symphony of other otherworldly sounds.


NASA manager casts doubt on 2024 moon landing by astronauts

A top NASA manager is casting doubt on the space agency’s ability to land astronauts on the moon by 2024.


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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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.