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Virgin Orbit conducts drop-test of rocket from Boeing 747

Virgin Galactic’s sister company Virgin Orbit has conducted a drop test of its air-launched satellite booster over California.


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: Tue., June 25, 2019, 7:39 p.m.

SpaceX launches hefty rocket with 24 satellites, experiments

SpaceX aces its ‘most difficult launch ever’ as it tries to impress the Air Force


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019, 8:59 p.m.

SpaceX launches 60 little satellites, with many more to come

SpaceX has launched 60 tiny satellites, the first of hundreds and even thousands that founder Elon Musk plans to put in orbit for global internet coverage.


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., April 9, 2019, 7:47 p.m.

Black holes may finally be ready for their close-up

The Event Horizon Telescope is a network of 10 radio telescopes on four continents that collectively operate like a single instrument nearly the size of the Earth. The scientists behind …


Ask Dr. Universe: How many peas would fit in the sun?

Our sun is so massive, you could fit more than 1 million earths inside of it. To find out how many peas would fit inside the biggest object in our …


UBS: sees human spaceflight as a $23 billion industry by 2030

Flying people to hang out in outer space could be worth $23 billion by 2030, UBS Group AG predicted.


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019, 10:03 p.m.

Spokane astronaut Anne McClain will be member of first all-female spacewalk on ISS

Spokane native Anne McClain will be making history as part of NASA’s first all-female spacewalk at the International Space Station.


UPDATED: Sat., March 2, 2019, 9:25 p.m.

America’s newest crew capsule rockets toward space station

America’s newest capsule for astronauts rocketed Saturday toward the International Space Station on a high-stakes test flight by SpaceX.


Space junk harpooned like whale in orbit-cleanup test

A harpoon flung from a satellite has successfully captured a piece of pretend space junk, like a whale. The British-led experiment is part of an effort to clean up debris …


Iran satellite fails to reach orbit in US-criticized launch

An Iranian satellite-carrying rocket blasted off into space on Tuesday, but scientists failed to put the device into orbit in a launch previously criticized by the United States as helping …


It’s shaping up to be a stellar year for space flight

Government and industry officials believe 2019 could mark a turning point in the United States space program, which could see all sorts of new milestones as NASA celebrates the 50th …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 3:36 p.m.

Hubble Space Telescope’s premier camera shuts down

The Hubble Space Telescope’s premier camera has shut down.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 4:02 p.m.

A new space power is born as China lands on the far side of the moon

When China announced on Thursday that it had successfully landed on the far side of the moon, it wasn’t just a scientific breakthrough. To Beijing, its expanding space mission also …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 3:33 p.m.

Nancy Grace Roman, astronomer celebrated as ‘mother’ of Hubble, dies at 93

Nancy Grace Roman, who was celebrated as a trailblazer for female scientists and a driving force behind advances including the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, died Dec. 25 at …


Science Says: A big space crash likely made Uranus lopsided

Uranus is a lopsided oddity, the only planet to spin on its side. Scientists now think they know how it got that way: It was pushed over by a rock …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 9:29 a.m.

Spokane astronaut Anne McClain boards International Space Station as Gonzaga Prep follows the journey

Three astronauts successfully blasted off Monday to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan, a perfect launch that follows October’s aborted mission.


With a smirk, official says Russia will verify moon landings

The head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency has said that a proposed Russian mission to the moon will be tasked with verifying that the American moon landings were real, though …


New books on space explore the moon and beyond

The four books here show how many challenges – including the basic laws of gravity – were involved in space travel, as well as how much more there is to …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 29, 2018, 4:23 p.m.

Space industry scrambles for workers, but can’t hire foreigners

Since the International Traffic in Arms Regulation was enacted in 1976, classifying spacecraft and rockets as military technology, international students have been unable to get jobs in the field. Only …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018, 2:28 p.m.

Virgin Galactic is weeks away from reaching space, CEO says

A few months after another successful test flight over the Mojave Desert, billionaire Richard Branson says his space company, Virgin Galactic, might be out among the stars in a matter …


WSU still searching for space

Lass than a week from the first day of classes at Washington State University, 145 sophomores, juniors and seniors on WSU’s housing waitlist are still waiting for on-campus accommodations.


Astronomers spy nearby star that could be chomping a planet

Astronomers may have caught a relatively nearby star munching on a planet or mini-planets.


Japan space explorer arrives at asteroid to collect samples

A Japanese space explorer arrived at an asteroid Wednesday after a 3


Migrant aid ship on way to Spain as Italy draws deeper line

Italy escalated its quarrel with France over migration Wednesday, challenging the bordering country to take in more asylum-seekers and demanding an apology after the French president accused the new Italian …


UPDATED: Sun., April 1, 2018, 8:38 p.m.

Chinese space station mostly burns up as it re-enters atmosphere

Chinese space authorities say the defunct Tiangong 1 mostly burned up upon re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere in the central South Pacific.


Russian cargo ship docks at International Space Station

An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, delivering a fresh batch of supplies for the crew.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 7:28 p.m.

Galaxies that move together have cosmologists stumped about dark matter

Astronomers have discovered that the smaller satellite galaxies around Centaurus A are engaged in a coordinated dance that seems out of sync with our understanding of the large-scale structure of …


15 years after Columbia space shuttle disaster, remembering Spokane’s own Michael Phillip Anderson

Today marks 15 years since the destruction of the Columbia shuttle and the loss of Spokane’s own astronaut, Michael Phillip Anderson. The Spokesman-Review sat down with his mother, Barbara, to …