When NASA's Glory satellite failed to reach orbit, it was a blow to US climate research. It's also raising questions about President Obama's new direction for the human-spaceflight program.
Hotel guides jump for a photo as they wait for delegates during the annual session of China's parliament, the National People's Congress, in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Hotel guides are provided to cater to about 3,000 delegates at the congress.
Christian Niccum (l.) and Jayson Terdiman of the US start in the ice channel during the doubles luge World Cup qualification sprint race in Altenberg, Germa. They placed 4th.
Vandenberg rocket: The unmanned Delta 4-Heavy rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:10 p.m. PST (4:10 p.m. EST) carrying a secret satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Office, making it the largest rocket launch ever from the country's West Coast.
Billows of smoke and steam infused with the fiery light from space shuttle Endeavour's launch on the STS-127 mission fill NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A on July 15, 2009.
Trailing a thick column of exhaust, the Space Shuttle Columbia blasted into the twilight morning sky in 2002, its thundering rockets briefly flooding a cloud bank with the light of a false dawn. The event marked the start of the ongoing eleven day mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. The shuttle would later be burned up on re-entry in a tragic 2003 accident, killing all seven of its crew.
X-37B is an unmanned US Air Force space plane. The X-37B made a successful return on Friday after 220 days in Earth orbit.
X-37B Space Plane will return to Earth as early as this week. No word on declassification of its mission or costs to taxpayers.
The US Air Force's secret X-37B space plane remains in Earth orbit, but its initial mission might be coming to an end.
Mystery missile: Pentagon and NASA experts say the mysterious plume off southern California Monday was probably made by a jetliner and not by some mystery missile.