Space shuttle Endeavour has completed its final mission in space, which included four spacewalks and the installation of a $2 billion, 15,000-pound Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, which is already collecting data. The shuttle returned to earth early this morning, touching down at Kennedy Space Center and then passed shuttle Atlantis, the Orlando Sentinel reports, as Atlantis “crawled slowly toward its final turn on the launch pad.” All eyes are now on Atlantis, which is scheduled to launch July 8 on the final mission of the 30-year space program. (Scott Powers, Orlando Sentinel)
At least 41 people were killed early Wednesday in Yemen’s capital Sanaa in the latest round of clashes between the government forces of President Ali Abdullah Saleh and tribal fighters.
According to the Associated Press, street fighting broke out overnight:
Fighting raged until 5 a.m., and witnesses said Presidential Guard units shelled the headquarters of an army brigade responsible for guarding sensitive government institutions. Army officers who have defected to the opposition say the government suspected the brigade commander was about to join forces with the movement to oust Saleh.
In recent days, supporters of Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar, a powerful tribal leader who has sided with protesters against Saleh, have clashed with army units. In retaliation, President Saleh has blocked electricity and water supplies in the neighborhood where al-Ahmar resides.
Space Shuttle Endeavour made its final landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after a two-week mission to the International Space Station. NASA plans to phase out its space shuttle program this summer, sending Atlantis on its final mission in July.
“It’s sad to see her land for the last time, but she really has a great legacy,” said Commander Mark Kelly, whose wife, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is still recovering from being shot in January but was allowed by doctors to travel to Florida to attend the launch.
The NewsHour put your questions before the Endeavour’s crew in a live interview from the International Space Station.
Set your alarm clocks, grab your coffee, and head into space with the Endeavour crew Thursday at 6 a.m. ET. Miles O’Brien will ask your questions in an interview with the crew live as they are in space.
You can ask questions until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday night here or by using #utalk2NASA on Twitter.