Archive for May, 2010

Memorable moments in space shuttle history

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: May 6, 2010   View Article

After more than 130 missions over nearly 30 years, NASA’s space shuttle program is gearing up for its final flight, when Endeavour will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a $1.5 billion particle detector, to the International Space Station.

“It is obviously time for these vehicles to be given an honorable retirement, and I do emphasize honorable,” said Roger Launius, senior curator of human spaceflight at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. “They have served well, but they are obsolete and it’s time to move on.”

Follow along as msnbc.com and Launius take a look back at memorable moments in space shuttle history

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The business of Mother’s Day

Publication: MSN/SwitchYard Media   Date: May 2, 2010   View Article

As holiday spending goes, only Christmas eclipses Mother’s Day.

The second Sunday of May — May 9 this year — is a big day not only for America’s 83 million moms, but also for sellers of things that smell nice, look pretty, taste yummy or feel good. All told, the run-up to Mother’s Day 2010 is expected to bring in $14.6 billion in U.S. sales, according to a survey released by the National Retail Federation. (Preliminary U.S. sales figures for last year’s Christmas season totaled $446.8 billion.)

It’s estimated that sons and daughters will shell out an average of $126.90 each on the mother figures in their lives. Most — 83% — will focus their shopping on their moms or stepmoms, though wives, daughters, grandmothers and sisters make many lists as well.

Photos: Huge Containment “Domes” for Gulf Oil Spill

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: May 4, 2010   View Article

Welders in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, scurry on Monday to finish a 93-ton, four-story-tall oil-containment “dome.” The giant box is the key component of one of three “subsea oil recovery systems” intended to be lowered onto three seafloor leaks spilling an estimated 210,000 gallons (795,000 liters) of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico.

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