There was stark symbolism in the night time landing of the space shuttle Atlantis early today in Florida. As Atlantis came down in the darkness, ending 30 years of shuttle missions, the entire American space program also went into the dark. No one can say for sure when the sun will rise on it again.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour and its crew of six has undocked from the International Space Station and is coming home, to close out NASA's next-to-last shuttle flight. They paused just long enough to do a victory lap and test equipment for a future interplanetary ship.
Amateur astronomer and photographer Nick Risinger quit his day job as a Seattle marketing director last year, so he could lug six synchronized cameras around the world taking thousands of pictures that would capture an image of the entire night sky.
“Space junk” and debris in Earth orbit is a big and growing danger to space vehicles, satellites and even the International Space Station. That's why NASA scientists are looking at a new option for reducing the dangers of orbiting clutter.
Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has flown from Houston to Cape Canaveral to watch tomorrow' s final launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, which will carry her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, into space for the last time.
More than a dozen Texans in Congress are angry and threatening legislative action to block NASA's planned transfer of a space shuttle orbiter from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Virginia to a museum in New York City.
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