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Samantha Masunaga

Samantha Masunaga covers aerospace for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining The Times in 2014, she has covered local and national breaking news, the craft beer industry and Southern California’s Japanese American community. Masunaga has previously worked for the Oregonian, the Orange County Register and the Rafu Shimpo, among other publications. A Southern California native, she is an alumna of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and UCLA.
To get astronauts back to the moon in five years, Pence is willing to bounce Boeing

Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that if commercial rockets are the only way to get U.S. astronauts back to the moon quickly, "then commercial rockets it will be." Boeing is building NASA's Space Launch System rocket, which is behind schedule and over budget.

'Disappointing' timing on Model Y crossover pushes Tesla's stock down

Shares of Tesla Inc. dropped after what analysts described as an underwhelming reveal of the company's latest electric vehicle, the Model Y crossover.

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