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International Space Station makes 100,000th orbit of Earth

It’s 100,000 laps around Earth and counting for the International Space Station. The space station reached the orbital milestone – 17


Space dust from 2.7 billion years ago holds surprise

Each year, more than 3,000 tons of space dust fails to burn up in our planet’s atmosphere and falls instead to Earth’s surface. These micrometeorites are just a few microns …


NASA’s official exoplanet count more than doubles

The Milky Way just got a lot more crowded – with planets. NASA on Tuesday announced 1,284 new planets orbiting stars outside our solar system, called exoplanets.


SpaceX lands rocket at sea 2nd time after satellite launch

For the second month in a row, the aerospace upstart SpaceX landed a rocket on an ocean platform early Friday, this time following the successful launch of a Japanese communications …


Exploring Mars: Redmond company wins $67M deep-space contract

A Redmond, Washington, company has won a $67 million contract with NASA to build a propulsion system that will help explore deep space and Mars.


Camera lens used during 1971 moon mission up for auction

A camera lens used by the commander of the 1971 Apollo 15 space mission both on the lunar surface and in orbit is up for auction.


Apples in space: Wapato High kids will return to Texas, conduct tests with NASA

Last spring, Wapato High School students had an opportunity of a lifetime – testing an experiment of their design in zero-gravity conditions and touring Houston’s Johnson Space Center. Now they …


NASA: Global warming is now changing how Earth wobbles

Global warming is shifting the way the Earth wobbles on its polar axis, a new NASA study finds.


European, Russian space agencies launch mission to Mars

Europe and Russia have launched a joint mission to explore the atmosphere of Mars and hunt for signs of life on the red planet.


NASA taps North Idaho school for satellite project

A charter school in Rathdrum, Idaho, is headed to space. NASA has picked a team of high school students at STEM Charter Academy to design and build a small research …


Record number of astronaut wannabes apply to NASA – 18,300

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Space travel never looked so good. NASA announced Friday it received a record number of applicants – some 18,300 – for its next astronaut class. That’s …


Earth sets 9th straight monthly heat record

The January figures are in, and Earth’s string of hottest-months-on-record has now reached nine in a row. But NASA said January stood out: The temperature was above normal by the …


Idaho engineer shares story of her ‘Mars’ adventure

A visit to Mars is still the stuff of best-selling fiction and big-budget Hollywood movies. But a North Idaho woman has played a real role in imagining the human experience …


Secret government payload launched into orbit from California base

A rocket carrying a government payload was successfully launched early Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base on California’s Central Coast, officials said.


Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, 6th man on moon, dies in Florida

Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who became the sixth man on the moon when he and Alan Shepard helped NASA recover from Apollo 13’s “successful failure” and later devoted his …


30 years since Challenger: Teacher-in-Space finalists gather

Dozens of educators who competed alongside Christa McAuliffe to become the first teacher in space gathered Thursday to remember the seven astronauts who perished aboard


2015 was hottest year on record, NOAA and NASA report

For the past 12 months the average surface temperature across the globe was 58.47 Fahrenheit, a 0.23-degree increase from 2014’s record-breaking average temperature of 58.24, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric …


Charles Krauthammer: Private enterprise takes initiative in space

Musk, Bezos and others freeing space flight from NASA bureaucracy.


Ann McFeatters: Fund NASA, give U.S. self-esteem

Congress, Obama should give NASA more of the right (green) stuff.


Doug Clark: Gonzaga Prep grad earns astronaut pin

Talked to an American hero the other day. West Point grad. Two master’s degrees, one in aerospace engineering, the other in international relations.


Long-awaited Pluto flyby arrives Tuesday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Pluto, reveal thyself, and Earthlings, enjoy the show. On Tuesday, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will sweep past Pluto and present the previously unexplored world in all …


Charles Krauthammer: In the heavens, a bright spot in dark times

We need a pick-me-up. Amid the vandalizing of Palmyra, the imminent extinction of the northern white rhino, the disarray threatening Europe’s most ambitious attempt ever at peaceful unification – amid …


SpaceX launch ends in failure, rocket erupts

An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies and the first-of-its-kind docking port to the International Space Station broke apart today shortly after liftoff. It was a severe blow to NASA, still …


NASA’s Orion craft hits high point of 3,604 miles

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s new Orion spacecraft reached its zenith 3,604 miles above Earth on its orbital test flight Friday, the farthest a spacecraft built for humans has traveled …


Pasadena Elementary students study seeds from space station

In Melissa Fennen’s second- and third-grade classroom at Pasadena Park Elementary School, students learned about the life cycles of plants, how they go from seed to plant and back to …


Astronaut encourages Broadway students to study hard

It’s not every day an astronaut comes to visit your school. At Broadway Elementary School on Wednesday, students were treated to a visit from NASA astronaut Stanley Love.


NASA’s newest mission will study erosion of Mars’ atmosphere

Four billion years ago, rivers and lakes dotted the surface of Mars, their waters reflecting puffy clouds drifting in a blue sky, scientists believe. Now, it’s a dry, rusty rock …


NASA selects Spokane native as astronaut trainee

In preschool, Anne McClain wrote and illustrated a book depicting a family of four going to a store, buying rockets and suits, and flying up into outer space. Fast forward …


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NASA picks G-Prep grad for astronaut corps

A Gonzaga Prep graduate now serving in the U.S. Army is among America’s newest astronauts in training. Anne C. McClain, 34, is among the new class of eight astronauts selected …


New planets detected in habitable zones

NASA scientists announced Thursday that the Kepler mission had confirmed finding three planets, slightly larger than our own Earth, orbiting in their stars’ so-called habitable zones—that “Goldilocks” region where temperatures …