Christian Davenport

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering NASA and the space industry

Education: Colby College, B.A., American Studies

Christian Davenport covers NASA and the space industry for The Washington Post's Financial desk. He joined The Post in 2000 and has had an array of assignments, including covering the D.C.-area sniper shootings, the Abu Ghraib scandal, the Fort Hood shootings and the burial problems at Arlington National Cemetery. He was a consulting producer of “Space: The Private Frontier,” a two-hour documentary that aired on the Discovery and Science Channels, and a producer and co-host of “Space Launch Live,” the networks’ Emmy-award-winning live broadcast of SpaceX’s first crewed mission, which was the
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Visiting the space station? You’ll need a former NASA astronaut as an escort.

Even learning how to move in a weightless environment can be jarring, and an escort with space experience can keep visitors from interferring with space station operations.

August 4, 2022

NASA is working to keep space station going despite bluster from Russia

Russia has been NASA’s main partner on the space station for more than 20 years, but after frequent bluster, NASA officials have shrugged off the latest statement from Moscow that it will leave the station.

July 27, 2022

Russia says it’ll withdraw from International Space Station after 2024

Russia on Tuesday announced it will withdraw from the International Space Station project after 2024, signaling an end of an era in one of the last remaining areas of cooperation between Russia and the United States.

July 26, 2022

NASA sets launch dates for its return to the moon

NASA has set late August or early September for the launch of its Orion spacecraft to orbit the moon without astronauts.

July 20, 2022

Russia replaces space agency head as NASA plans new joint missions

The departure of the head of Russia's space program comes after months of acrimony despite NASA pledges of cooperation.

July 15, 2022

NASA issues rebuke to Russia for using space station as war propaganda

Cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station on Monday celebrated Russia's capture of Ukraine's eastern province of Luhansk.

July 7, 2022

NASA declares testing of SLS moon rocket complete. Next up: Launch.

The Space Launch System rocket has passed its final test, NASA says, clearing the way for a launch in late summer.

June 23, 2022

Disrupted by SpaceX, ULA was in ‘serious trouble.’ Now it’s on the road back.

Tory Bruno remade the United Launch Alliance to combat SpaceX. Will it be enough?

June 22, 2022

NASA finally fuels moon rocket, but first launch remains a question

NASA finally fully fueled its massive moon rocket on Wednesday, but a hydrogen leak forced the agency to cut short a simulated countdown.

June 21, 2022

SpaceX fires workers who criticized Elon Musk in open letter

SpaceX's president Gwynne Shotwell revealed the action in an email to employees.

June 17, 2022