The urgency and importance of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center's mission in the 1960s was apparent from the beginning. It became even more apparent on April 12, 1962, when the Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, became the first man in space.
A Russian ship remains trapped in ice after a rescue vessel was forced to turn back due to poor visibility. If conditions permit, a helicopter will be used to rescue most of those on board the stranded ship.
In the US-Russia brokered deal to manage Syria's chemical weapons, the UN security council remains divided on whether a resolution should include the threat of military force. On Sunday, a mortar shell struck the Russian embassy in Damascus injuring three.
The situation in Syria and the North Korean threats were high on the agenda when G8 leaders gathered in London on Wednesday. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made no further U.S. commitments in Syria, but spoke of the need for the opposition to become better organized.