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  • John Glenn's first spaceflight was fraught with risks and unknowns

    Before Glenn completed three laps of Earth on Feb. 20, 1962, no American had spent more than 15 minutes in space.

  • Mars missions cancelled? NASA budget could prompt deep cuts.

    While exactly how much money is allocated to NASA is unknown, insiders expect a significant reduction in the portion slotted for robotic exploration of Mars and other solar system bodies.

  • NASA questions Apollo 13 cmdr's right to sell list

    Greg Rohan, president of Dallas-based Heritage, said Thursday the sale has been suspended pending the outcome of the inquiry. The checklist, he said, is being stored for now in the company's vault.

  • NASA shuts down space shuttle Discovery for final time

    NASA shuts down space shuttle Discovery for final time

  • Atlantis launch successful, historic final shuttle mission underway

    Atlantis launch successful, historic final shuttle mission underway

    Atlantis launch: Despite a bleak forecast of thunderstorms and clouds, the shuttle beat the weather in a stunning midday launch, sailing into the sky on one final voyage.

  • In Pictures Who is Rep. Anthony Weiner?

    US Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) of New York addresses a news conference in New York on June 6. After days of denials, Mr. Weiner confessed to using Twitter to send a lewd photo of himself to a woman.

  • NASA space shuttle: Coming to a city near you?

    NASA space shuttle: Coming to a city near you?

    For three years, 29 institutions competed for a (very large) piece of NASA history. On Tuesday, Charles Bolden, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, named the four cities that will house the space shuttles Atlantis, Discovery, Endeavour, and Enterprise. To make it to their new homes, the vehicles will hitch rides on the backs of 747 jumbo jets. Each institution will pay $29 million to cover the space shuttle preparation and transportation costs. Here are the cities that won.

  • In Pictures Government shutdown

    Sarah Ramadan, of Kuwait, poses for a photo under the Statue of Liberty in New York, on April 6. As talks to avoid a government showdown continue in Washington, the White House sought to put the prospect of a shutdown in terms people would care about, warning even that the beloved National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in the nation's capital would be wiped out. The Smithsonian Institution and national parks around the country, as well as the Statue of Liberty, would also be closed.

  • Congressional tug-of-war holds NASA's new direction in the balance

    Congressional tug-of-war holds NASA's new direction in the balance

    As the space shuttle program folds, the House and Senate – and broader spaceflight community – have struggled to reach consensus on NASA's new human spaceflight focus.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 08/11

    The Apollo 9 Command/Service Modules, nicknamed 'Gumdrop,' and Lunar Module, nicknamed 'Spider,' are shown docked together as Command Module pilot David R. Scott stands in the open hatch. Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, Lunar Module pilot, took this photograph of Scott during his EVA as he stood on the porch outside the Lunar Module in 1969.