This citizen journalism photo taken with a cell phone by Stefanie Gordon aboard a passenger flight from New York to Palm Beach, Fla. shows the Space Shuttle Endeavour as it streaks toward orbit shortly after liftoff on May 16. Gordon says she had just awakened from a nap on the flight when the pilot announced the shuttle might come into view.
NASA is turning to private companies to replace the space shuttles, and it will give four proposals from the likes of Boeing and SpaceX $269 million this year.
Astronaut Rick Linnehan works on the International Space Station during a spacewalk.
After its final flight later this month, space shuttle Endeavour will move to Los Angeles, where students and space fans will get to 'actually stand next to' a real spacecraft.
Yuri Gagarin and the Space Shuttle: Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of man's first journey into space and the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle launch.
Astronaut John Glenn, Jr. enters into the spacecraft Friendship 7 prior to MA-6 launch operations at Launch Complex 14. Astronaut Glenn is entering his spacecraft to begin the first American manned Earth orbital mission.
Indians celebrate after their team won the ICC World Cup cricket semifinal match against Pakistan, in Mumbai, India. India upstaged archrival Pakistan by 29 runs in the so-called 'mother of all World Cup matches' to progress to the final against Sri Lanka, giving Sachin Tendulkar another chance to reach his 100th hundred after his charmed innings fell just short on Wednesday.
Space shuttle Discovery taxied to a stop at Kennedy Space Center just before noon Wednesday, ending a triumphant 13-day mission and 27-year career.
Alberta skip Kevin Martin throws a rock against Saskatchewan during the 12th draw at the Brier curling championships in London, Ontario, Canada.
Space shuttle Discovery, returning to Earth Wednesday from its last mission, is expected to land in Florida just before noon Eastern Standard Time. Mission managers laud a nearly flawless flight.