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SpaceX’s historic encore: Astronauts arrive at space station

SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Sunday, following up a historic liftoff with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk’s …


UPDATED: Sat., May 30, 2020

SpaceX rocket ship lifts off with 2 Americans

A rocket ship designed and built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company has lifted off with two Americans on a history-making flight to the International Space Station.


UPDATED: Wed., May 27, 2020

Spokane astronaut Anne McClain praises SpaceX-NASA partnership in CBS’s broadcast of delayed launch

Astronaut Anne McClain, who grew up in Spokane, participated in CBS’s broadcast of NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 launch, which was canceled 17 minutes before blastoff because of concerns about lightning.


UPDATED: Wed., May 27, 2020

‘Bummed out’: SpaceX launch scrubbed because of bad weather

The launch of a SpaceX rocket ship with two NASA astronauts aborad on a history-making flight into orbit has been called off with 16 minutes to go in the countdown …


UPDATED: Tue., May 26, 2020

Weather better for historic SpaceX launch of NASA astronauts

With the weather looking up, SpaceX and NASA officials vowed Tuesday to keep crew safety the top priority for the nation’s first astronaut launch to orbit in nearly a decade.


UPDATED: Mon., May 25, 2020

NASA astronauts go back to the future with capsule launch

It’s back to the future as NASA astronauts launch again from the U.S. – aboard a retro-style “Right Stuff” capsule. Make no mistake: This is not your father’s – or …


How SpaceX will launch two NASA astronauts to International Space Station

When Elon Musk’s SpaceX launches two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station on Wednesday, it will be the first crewed space launch from the United States since the space …


UPDATED: Sun., May 24, 2020

SpaceX’s 1st astronaut launch breaking new ground for style

The first astronauts launched by SpaceX are breaking new ground for style with hip spacesuits, gull-wing Teslas and a sleek, matching rocketship.


UPDATED: Sat., May 23, 2020

Trump to attend Wednesday’s NASA astronaut launch in Florida

The White House says President Donald Trump will be on the Florida coast Wednesday to watch American astronauts blast into orbit from the Kennedy Space Center


UPDATED: Fri., May 22, 2020

NASA, SpaceX bringing astronaut launches back to home turf

For the first time in nearly a decade, U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil.


UPDATED: Fri., May 22, 2020

NASA’s newest test pilots are veteran astronauts, friends

The two astronauts who will test drive SpaceX’s brand new rocketship are classmates and friends, veteran spacefliers married to veteran spacefliers, and fathers of young sons.


UPDATED: Wed., May 20, 2020

NASA to name newest space telescope for pioneering female astronomer

Nancy Grace Roman who overcame obstacles that women faced in her male-dominated field and at NASA to become the agency’s first female executive and its first chief astronomer, is a …


UPDATED: Tue., May 19, 2020

Annie Glenn, 100, famed astronaut’s widow, dies of COVID-19

Annie Glenn, wife of the late astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn who overcame a childhood stutter to become an advocate for others with speech disorders, died Tuesday of complications …


UPDATED: Sun., May 17, 2020

U.S. military’s mystery space plane rockets back into orbit

The Space Force has launched the military’s mystery space plane again, this time with an extra load of science experiments


A tally of every space launch by every nation

There was a moment in the 1983 movie about the early history of NASA, “The Right Stuff,” when an astronaut comments: “No bucks, no Buck Rogers.” Space travel is expensive.


NASA begs spectators for astronaut launch: Please stay home!

NASA and SpaceX on Friday urged spectators to stay home for the first home launch of astronauts in nearly a decade because of the coronavirus pandemic.


UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2020

Alabama student names NASA’s first Mars helicopter

An Alabama high school student has named NASA’s first Mars Helicopter that will be deployed to the red planet later this summer


Bezos, Musk win contracts for spacecraft to land NASA astronauts on moon

NASA on Thursday awarded three companies contracts to build spacecraft capable of landing humans on the moon, sparking a new space race that NASA hopes will propel the United States …


UPDATED: Fri., April 17, 2020

NASA, SpaceX pick May 27 to resume astronaut launches in US

NASA and SpaceX have picked May 27 for resuming astronaut launches from the U.S. after nine years of complete Russian dependence.


After months in space, astronauts returning to changed world

Two NASA astronauts said Friday they expect it will be tough returning to such a drastically changed world next week, after more than half a year at the International Space …


UPDATED: Thu., April 9, 2020

US-Russian crew blasts off for International Space Station

A U.S.-Russian space crew blasted off Thursday to the International Space Station following a tight quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic.


UPDATED: Mon., April 6, 2020

Estranged wife of Spokane astronaut Anne McClain charged with lying about bank access from International Space Station

Summer Worden, a former Air Force intelligence officer and National Security Agency employee living in Wichita, Kansas, is accused of making false statements to the Federal Trade Commission and NASA’s …


Catch this week’s supermoon, biggest and brightest of year

A supermoon rises in the sky this week, looking to be the biggest and brightest of the year.


UPDATED: Wed., April 1, 2020

NASA call for astronauts draws 12,000 spaceflight hopefuls

Who wants to be an astronaut? More than 12,000 people do, resulting in NASA’s second-largest group of astronaut hopefuls. NASA said Wednesday that Americans from all 50 states, the District …


UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

Anne McClain offers her advice for applying to be an astronaut

About every four years, NASA accepts applications for a new class of astronauts. We in the astronaut office are thrilled and excited it is that time again! As someone who …


UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

Moon mission could cost $50 billion, NASA says in report criticizing Boeing

The report, by the NASA inspector general, painted another grim picture of the troubles that have long plagued the Space Launch System rocket as Boeing, NASA’s prime contractor on the …


Boeing hit with 61 safety fixes for astronaut capsule

Boeing faces 61 safety fixes following last year’s botched test flight of its Starliner crew capsule, NASA said Friday.


UPDATED: Thu., March 5, 2020

Meet Perseverance: Mars rover gets name ahead of July launch

NASA’s next Mars rover finally has a name. Perseverance, a six-wheeled robotic explorer, will blast off this summer to collect Martian samples for eventual return to Earth.


Biggest explosion seen in universe came from black hole

Astronomers have discovered the biggest explosion seen in the universe, originating from a super-massive black hole.


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 …