Charles Simonyi (GeekWire File Photo)

Congratulations, Seattle: You’re getting a space toilet

It just kept getting better and better at Seattle’s Museum of Flight today. First former, Microsoft engineer Charles Simonyi announced that he would be donating the Soyuz TMA-13 Reentry Module that returned him safely to Earth after his second trip to the International Space Station. He’ll be making the spacecraft available on a long-term loan to… Read More

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Bezos’ Blue Origin declines to testify at U.S. House hearing

Participants in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program — private companies working on spacecraft to take U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station — testified today during a hearing before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. But one participant was conspicuously absent: Blue Origin, the company founded by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, which is slated to… Read More

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LaserMotive to work on NASA power-beaming project

LaserMotive, a company south of Seattle developing ways of beaming power via lasers, has been named as one of the participants in a new NASA technology project that aims to provide external power sources for future aerospace vehicles. The NASA initiative, called Ride the Light, was announced last month, and LaserMotive announced its participation this… Read More

Atlantis lifts off. (NASA photo)

Seattle’s Museum of Flight questions data used by NASA to pick homes for retired shuttles

NASA staffers understated attendance for Seattle’s Museum of Flight and didn’t count Canadian visitors in their measure of the region’s international tourism during the site selection process for the retired Space Shuttle orbiters earlier this year. Those are the new assertions from Museum of Flight officials, as reported by the Seattle Times today. The paper… Read More

Atlantis lifts off. (NASA photo)

NASA report shows why Seattle didn’t land a Space Shuttle

Seattle’s Museum of Flight was among the top contenders this spring for a decommissioned Space Shuttle — placing well ahead of many other locations and just slightly below the eventual winners in NASA’s internal scoring matrix, according to data from a new report issued by the space agency’s Office of Inspector General. The biggest shortcoming: Our region… Read More

SpaceShipTwo in its first "feathered" flight in May. (Virgin Galactic photo)

Branson, Allen, Bezos gear up for the private space race

At the very end of his recent autobiography, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen briefly teases ahead to a future project — saying that he’s “just now considering a new initiative wit that magical contraption I never wearied of sketching as a boy: the rocket ship.” He adds, “Someone, after all, is going to have to get… Read More

Space Shuttle Atlantis on the launch pad last week.

End of the Space Shuttle era: Tracking the Atlantis launch

Weather permitting, NASA is less than an hour away from the scheduled launch of Atlantis, the final mission in the 30-year history of the Space Shuttle program. We’ve been following along with NASA’s live stream below, which includes some fascinating behind-the-scenes moments. Notes and links: Seattle’s Museum of Flight is opening early, at 8 a.m.,… Read More

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Naveen Jain’s next big thing: Own a piece of the moon?

Naveen Jain is looking to save planet Earth by reaching for the moon. The Seattle Internet entrepreneur emerged today as the co-founder of a new startup company called Moon Express, which is attempting to “blaze a trail to the moon and establish new avenues for commercial space activities beyond Earth orbit.” Jain previously co-founded the… Read More