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UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 24, 2020

Pioneering black NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson dies

Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated rocket trajectories and earth orbits for NASA’s early space missions and was later portrayed in the 2016 hit film “Hidden Figures,” about pioneering black …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

‘Black in Space’ looks at final frontier of civil rights

In 1959, Ronald Erwin McNair walked into a South Carolina library. The 9-year-old aspiring astronaut wanted to check out a calculus book, but a librarian threatened to call the police …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

Defective software could have doomed Boeing’s crew capsule

Defective software could have doomed Boeing’s crew capsule. Its first test flight was a botched trip that was cut short and never made it to the International Space Station, NASA …

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: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

NASA shutting down Spitzer Space Telescope after 16 years

NASA is pulling the plug on one of its great observatories – the Spitzer Space Telescope – after 16 years of scanning the universe with infrared eyes.

Fever chart: Earth had its hottest decade on record in 2010s

The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, two U.S. agencies reported Wednesday. And scientists said …

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: Sat., Dec. 21, 2019

Boeing crew capsule returning to Earth after aborted flight

Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule is returning to Earth this weekend after its first test flight, its mission cut short by an improperly set clock on the spacecraft. Ground controllers are …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Richland woman among astronaut candidates completing their NASA training in January

Navy Lt. Kayla Barron, 32, will be among the 11 astronaut candidates graduating from spaceflight training next month. Any of those astronauts could be selected for manned missions to the …

Surprising 1st results from NASA’s sun-skimming spacecraft

NASA’s sun-skimming spacecraft is surprising scientists with its unprecedented close views of our star

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

Spacewalking astronauts add new pumps to cosmic detector

Spacewalking astronauts installed new pumps on a cosmic ray detector outside the International Space Station on Monday in a bid to extend its scientific life.

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.

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 …