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  • 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.

  • Sally Ride's flight suit stolen by Houston man

    Calvin Dale Smith of Houston has been charged with stealing several NASA artifacts.

  • What's next for US spaceflight, if not the moon?

    What's next for US spaceflight, if not the moon?

    Under Obama's 2011 budget, NASA would cancel plans to put astronauts back on the moon by 2020 and hand off space-taxi services to private companies.

  • In Pictures Remembering the lunar landing

    On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy speaks in the House of Representatives before a joint session of Congress in Washington. Kennedy issued the challenge, 'I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth.' A little over eight years later, Apollo 11 landed on the moon.

  • Atop new NASA leader's agenda: human spaceflight

    Atop new NASA leader's agenda: human spaceflight

    The Constellation program is gearing up as the shuttle winds down. But other shuttle replacements have been scuttled before.

  • DC in the spring: See the Capitol, skip the White House

    DC in the spring: See the Capitol, skip the White House

    May and June are some of the best months to see Washington.