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  • Space Shuttle Discovery to swoop over National Mall (+video)

    Perched atop a modified jumbo jet, the retired Space Shuttle Discovery will fly over Washington before arriving at its permanent resting place at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

  • Skydiver jumps 13.6 miles on path to world's highest jump

    The current record is over nineteen miles, but Felix Baumgartner wants to fall nearly 23.  NASA is interested in his feat.

  • Janice Voss, shuttle astronaut, remembered for NASA contributions

    Janice Voss began her NASA career while still a student at Purdue University. Janice Voss was one of six women to fly at least five times on the space shuttle.

  • Falling satellite: 10 times space junk has crashed into Earth

    Falling satellite: 10 times space junk has crashed into Earth

    Falling satellite trackers at NASA say it will hit Friday night or Saturday morning and has a small chance of crashing in the US. But the precise track and timing of the falling satellite is still hard to predict. What is known is that events like this have happened before. From NASA rockets to Soviet satellites – including debris that actually hit someone – the history of falling space junk is long. Here are 10 other pieces of space junk that have survived the blazing voyage through Earth's atmosphere.

  • Doomed satellite: Where and when will it plummet to Earth?

    Doomed satellite: Where and when will it plummet to Earth?

    It is still too early to tell exactly where the dead satellite will fall. Scientists will likely have a much better idea of where the debris will land about two hours before the impact, NASA officials said.

  • Future NASA rocket unveiled, designed to reach moon and beyond

    Future NASA rocket unveiled, designed to reach moon and beyond

    The design of the new NASA rocket draws on key systems from the space shuttle and Ares programs. The agency anticipates launching the first demonstration version of the rocket by 2017.

  • The Monitor's View Texas toasts but will it conserve?

    The Lone Start State is breaking heat and drought records this summer, with no end in sight. But it's record on conserving water is so-so at best.

  • Space shuttle era ends, leaving big void for area firms

    Space shuttle era ends, leaving big void for area firms

    Space shuttle missions were a boon to businesses around Cape Canaveral, Fla. With the space shuttle era over, they're banking on cruise ships and other tourist draws.

  • The 9 weirdest things ever flown on the Space Shuttle

    The 9 weirdest things ever flown on the Space Shuttle

    When NASA's space shuttles launch into orbit, they don't just carry astronauts and supplies into the final frontier. There's a lot of other weird stuff that makes the out-of-this-world journey, too. NASA's last space shuttle mission will launch Friday, July 8 on the Atlantis orbiter to deliver spare parts to the International Space Station. The mission will be the 135th and last flight for the program, which began in 1981. But over the course of 30 years, the space shuttles have flown some peculiar objects into orbit. The list of odd stuff that flew aboard the shuttles is a long one, and includes the Olympic torch, a replica of the golden spike from the First Transcontinental Railroad, and rocks from the top of Mount Everest and the surface of the moon, just to name a few. Here nine recent space oddities carried into orbit on NASA shuttles:

  • 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.