Tuesday's live video events
The royal couple attends a Canada Day ceremony in Ottawa
July 5th, 2011
07:32 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

The jury will deliberate for a second day today in the murder trial of Casey Anthony.  Watch CNN.com Live when a verdict in the case is announced.

Today's programming highlights...

Continuing coverage - Casey Anthony trial verdict watch

10:00 am ET - Shuttle status briefing - NASA briefs reporters on preparations for Friday's planned launch of space shuttle Atlantis.

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June 20th, 2011
07:30 AM ET

Monday's live video events

The Casey Anthony trial enters its fifth week of testimony today, while the debate over Libya dominates the Capitol Hill water cooler.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage on these stories.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Casey Anthony trial - Testimony resumes in the trial of Casey Anthony, the Florida woman accused of killing her young daughter.

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NASA shows first pics of shuttle docked to space station
New photos released by NASA are the first to show a space shuttle docked to the International Space Station.
June 8th, 2011
11:43 AM ET

NASA shows first pics of shuttle docked to space station

Newly released pictures from NASA are the first that show a shuttle docked to the International Space Station.

The decidedly risky photo session, which shows space shuttle Endeavour docking in its final days in orbit, was performed by Soyuz TMZ-20 crewmember Paolo Nespoli, who counts photography as a hobby, according to his NASA bio.

The photos were taken two weeks ago from the vantage point of the Soyuz, a manned spaceflight combining the resources of the European Space Agency, NASA and its Russian counterpart, Roscosmos.

In addition to Nespoli, aboard the Soyuz were members of Expedition 27, Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, who made news last month when she sent an email from space for Mother's Day.

See more pictures of the International Space Station on NASA’s website.

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May 31st, 2011
07:36 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the devastating storms that hit parts of the United States.

Today's programming highlights...

8:30 am ET - Casey Anthony trial - Testimony resumes in the trial of Casey Anthony, the Florida woman accused of killing her young daughter.

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On the Radar: NBA Finals; shuttle returns; no tobacco day
The Heat's Dwayne Wade, left, and the Mavs' Jason Kidd square off during a regular-season game in December.
May 31st, 2011
06:20 AM ET

On the Radar: NBA Finals; shuttle returns; no tobacco day

Three things you need to know Tuesday.

NBA Finals: The NBA Finals tip off  at 9 Tuesday night in Miami as the Heat take on the Dallas Mavericks.

A key storyline of the best-of-seven series will be the battle of two NBA Most Valuable Players who aren't wearing title rings - LeBron James of the Heat and the Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki, writes SI.com's Dan Shaughnessy.

"Both are championship-starved. Both need a ring to solidify their place in the list of NBA all-time greats," Shaughnessy writes.

SI.com's Zack Lowe tells you what to look for when Miami has the ball and when Dallas has the ball.

Finally, see how five SI.com NBA writers pick the series. And weigh in with your own pick.

Shuttle returning: The space shuttle Endeavour is preparing for its final landing early Wednesday at 2:35 a.m. at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Endeavour is ending a 16-day mission, more than 11 of which were spent docked at the international space station.

Once it is decommissioned by NASA, Endeavour will go on display at the California Science Center is Los Angeles.

Atlantis is scheduled to make the final shuttle mission with liftoff targeted for July 8.

World No Tobacco Day: The World Health Organization has made May 31 World No Tobacco Day. The organization uses the day to educate the public on the dangers of using tobacco and what they can do to stop it.

Tobacco use kills 6 million people a year, or one every six seconds, the WHO says, including 600,000 deaths a year from second-hand smoke. As many as half of all tobacco users will eventually die from a disease related to its use, the WHO says.

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On the Radar: Michigan storm, Afghan attack, Endeavour's return
Battle Creek, Michigan, was ravaged by a tornado Sunday night.
May 30th, 2011
08:10 AM ET

On the Radar: Michigan storm, Afghan attack, Endeavour's return

More storms in Midwest - Many people across the midsection of the country are going to spend Memorial Day cleaning up, after severe storms hit Michigan, Indiana, Iowa and Illinois overnight. More than 100,000 people in those states are without power. "It sounded like a freight train." That's the refrain of this past week. Missourians described the tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri, on May 22 that way, and now someone is using the same description in Michigan. Winds of more than 80 mph hit Battle Creek, Michigan. Hundreds of flights were canceled in Chicago.

Twin suicide bombings in Afghanistan - Suicide bombers targeted security forces and foreign civil affairs workers in separate blasts Monday in the western Afghanistan city of Herat, killing at least five people and wounding 33, a police official told CNN. The attacks occurred within minutes of each other just blocks apart in Herat, an area where U.S. military officials have hinted American troops would be withdrawn by July because it has been largely free of violence.

The second bomber  blew himself up outside the main gate of a compound that is home to a Provincial Reconstruction Team, an attack that allowed gunmen to rush inside. Afghan and NATO-led forces fought the gunmen, Afghan government official Harif Taib told CNN. A police commander later said the situation was under police control and the gunfight had ended.

Endeavour heads home - The space shuttle undocked from the international space station and is scheduled to land early Wednesday morning. There is one last shuttle mission after Endeavour's journey: Atlantis is scheduled to launch in July.

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May 30th, 2011
07:48 AM ET

Monday's live video events

Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the bad weather targeting parts of the United States.

Today's programming highlights...

Ongoing coverage - Endeavour's final mission

10:55 am ET - Obama attends wreath-laying ceremony - President Obama marks Memorial Day by participating in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Monday's live video events
May 23rd, 2011
07:37 AM ET

Monday's live video events

Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the aftermath of Sunday's devastating storms.

Today's programming highlights...

9:31 am ET - Italian president calls Endeavour - Italy's president talks to astronauts on board space shuttle Endeavour and the international space station.

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Pope speaks with crew on space station
Astronauts on the international space station gather for a conversation Saturday with Pope Benedict XVI.
May 21st, 2011
09:34 AM ET

Pope speaks with crew on space station

Pope Benedict XVI spoke Saturday with the astronauts aboard the international space station, specifically mentioning Cmdr. Mark Kelly's wife, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who is recuperating from recent surgery on her skull.

"I know that Mark and his wife were the victim of a serious attack, and I hope that her health continues to improve," the pope said.

Kelly thanked the pope for mentioning Giffords. The Arizona congresswoman was shot in the head in a January assassination attempt.

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NASA schedules final space shuttle mission
Space shuttle Atlantis on May 18, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center before it is attached to rocket boosters and external tank for the final flight.
May 20th, 2011
11:49 AM ET

NASA schedules final space shuttle mission

Thirty years after the space shuttle program began, the final space shuttle flight is slated to take place on July 8, NASA said Friday.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis will make the program's final voyage on a mission to deliver supplies and spare parts to the international space station, the agency said.

Chris Ferguson, a veteran of two shuttle missions, will command the flight, set to launch at 11:40 a.m., NASA said.

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Wednesday's live video events
May 18th, 2011
07:33 AM ET

Wednesday's live video events

Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the final mission of space shuttle Endeavour.

Today's programming highlights...

Ongoing coverage - Shuttle Endeavour mission

8:30 am ET - Casey Anthony trial - Jury selection continues in the trial of Casey Anthony, the Florida woman accused of killing her young daughter.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour lifts off for final mission
May 16th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Space Shuttle Endeavour lifts off for final mission

The space shuttle Endeavour lifted off on its last mission Monday morning, NASA said.

The shuttle's mission is commanded by Mark Kelly. His wife, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, arrived safely at the Kennedy Space Center Sunday, NASA said, four months after being shot in the head during an assassination attempt at a public event in Tucson, Arizona.

After initial treatment in Arizona, Giffords has been undergoing rehabilitation at the TIRR Memorial Hermann center in Houston.

Photos of the shuttle and NASA's launch countdown clock were posted on her Facebook page Monday morning.

Giffords, along with President Barack Obama, was in Florida on April 29, when Endeavour was originally slated to launch. That liftoff was scrubbed because of a problem with a heater aboard the shuttle.

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Monday's live video events
May 16th, 2011
07:32 AM ET

Monday's live video events

A space shuttle looks to head into orbit one last time.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of space shuttle Endeavour.

Today's programming highlights...

8:30 am ET - Casey Anthony jury selection - Jury selection continues in the case of Casey Anthony, the Florida woman accused of killing her young daughter.

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May 9th, 2011
07:37 AM ET

Monday's live video events

Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of reaction and fallout to the death of Osama bin Laden.

Today's programming highlights...

8:00 am ET - Louisiana spillway briefing - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will discuss plans to open a Louisiana spillway in order to reduce pressure on New Orleans levees.

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On the Radar: Face transplant recipient speaks; Anthony trial; shuttle Endeavour
Face transplant recipient Dallas Wiens arrives at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston on March 21.
May 9th, 2011
06:33 AM ET

On the Radar: Face transplant recipient speaks; Anthony trial; shuttle Endeavour

Face transplant: The United States' first full face transplant recipient is scheduled to leave a Boston hospital on Monday, about two months after the 15-hour procedure.

Dallas Wiens, of Fort Worth, Texas, received the transplant in mid-March, more than two years after he was injured by a high-voltage line. The forehead, nasal structure, nose, lips, facial skin and underlying muscles and nerves were transplanted.

Doctors were not able to restore Wiens' sight.

Wiens is the second person in the world to receive a full face transplant. The first such transplant happened in Spain last year.

Wiens is scheduled to speak at a press conference at 11 a.m. which will be available on a live webcast.

Anthony trial: Jury selection begins Monday in the case of Casey Anthony, a Florida woman accused of killing her toddler daughter.

Anthony, 25, has been charged with capital murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. She also faces six other charges, including aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and misleading law enforcement.

Caylee was reported missing by her grandmother in July 2008, about a month after she was last seen. It wasn't until five months later that investigators found her remains.

Prosecutors contend that Anthony used "a substance" to kill her daughter.

Shuttle Endeavour: NASA officials plan a 3 p.m. ET press conference to discuss the status of the last mission of the space shuttle Endeavour, with a liftoff now planned for no earlier than May 16. The press conference can be seen live on NASA TV and online.

Endeavour was scheduled to depart from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 29 for a mission to the international space station, but the liftoff was postponed after a problem was discovered in a heater circuit associated with the shuttle's hydraulic system. Engineers have replaced hardware that could be responsible for the problem and systems are being tested, the agency said Friday.

After Endeavour's 16-day mission, only one space launch remains. The shuttle Atlantis will cap the 135-mission shuttle program when it journeys to the space station with a liftoff scheduled for June 28.

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Astronaut's Mother's Day message from space: 'Distance doesn't change' love
Astronaut Cady Coleman, shown here with a space station robot, has been in space for the past five months.
May 8th, 2011
01:38 PM ET

Astronaut's Mother's Day message from space: 'Distance doesn't change' love

Cady Coleman is like many moms, unfortunately spending Mother’s Day away from her family.  But unlike the others, Coleman is an astronaut on the international space station, orbiting 220 miles above the Earth.

She’s the only woman on board.  Hopefully, the boys up there gave her Sunday off.  Usually each crew member gets one day a week to chill.

Coleman may be an astronaut, but first and foremost she is a mom.  Cady sent me an e-mail a few days back. I could tell she was just beaming while writing about how her 10-year-old son, Jamey, had struck out three batters in one inning in his Little League game.

She just sent me this message telling me what it has been like up there, the work she is doing and why it is so important, and her feelings on being so far away on this day.  So now, in her words:

“Being a mom is special, and distance doesn’t change the bond we have with those we love.  It never goes away, even when you leave the planet for a few months!  It seems like just yesterday that Paolo Nespoli, Dmitry Kondratyev and I strapped ourselves into a frozen and creaking Russian Soyuz rocket, and were launched into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.   For the past five months, I’ve made the International Space Station (ISS) my home in low earth orbit, circling our Earth 16 times every single day at 17,500 miles per hour.  From 200 miles above the earth, my husband Josh and sons Jamey and Josiah seem both close  and far.

"I get to talk to my family almost every day via an internet protocol phone, and once a week we get to see each other on a video conference.  I still miss lots of important events and occasions, but thanks to Josh, Jamey writes a short journal entry almost every day.  Josh sends it to me and I love to hear about life from the perspective of a 10 year old.  Jamey is fond of a cartoon where a small boy and a tiger share adventures and get themselves into all sorts of mischief.

"I brought a small stuffed tiger up here with me and I take photos for Jamey so that he can relate to what his Mom does on the space station.  From the tiger’s perspective, there is a lot of great trouble to get into here on the ISS!

"Life in our ‘zero gravity’ world on the ISS is fascinating.  We talk about floating around, but really we get to fly from place to place.  It is just like Peter Pan, except that we are grownups!  This place brings out the child in all of us, and it is a nice reminder to me to treasure the things and the people that touch my heart.

"I love looking out the window at our Earth  a fragile oasis in a busy universe.  When I see the places that I know – the places where my family lives  it makes me feel closer to them, although still a bit wistful and lonely when I see those places recede over the horizon.

"It was hard for me to go so far away, but I’m hoping that I set an example for my child and others to follow their dreams.  My family knows that I love the work that I am doing up here, and that I think it is important enough to be gone from home for so long.

"Today as I look down at our beautiful Earth, I think of mothers everywhere and realize that we are all of one family.  I am not the only one who is farther from their loved ones than they would wish to be.  Today we celebrate those women who are supporting their families, following their dreams and making a difference, and we thank all of them.

"I’d especially like to thank the women who serve our countries in jobs that keep them from home on holidays like this one.

"Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, step mom, mother-in-law and to moms everywhere.”

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Earliest day for Endeavour launch: May 10
May 2nd, 2011
06:34 PM ET

Earliest day for Endeavour launch: May 10

The earliest possible time for the  space shuttle Endeavour's final launch is May 10 at 11:21 a.m. ET, NASA said.

Endeavour had been scheduled to lift off on Friday and then Monday, but both launches were scrubbed because of what NASA said was a problem with the shuttle's heating system.

This is Endeavour's last scheduled mission, and it is expected to be the shuttle program's next-to-last mission.

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Endeavour's Monday launch canceled
Space Shuttle Endeavour will not take off Monday, NASA said.
May 1st, 2011
09:42 AM ET

Endeavour's Monday launch canceled

A plan to launch the space shuttle Endeavour on Monday has been scrubbed, officials said Sunday. Endeavour's final launch was delayed by at least 72 hours Friday because of concerns about the shuttle's heating system. Monday was the earliest possible liftoff date following the delay.

As part of NASA's examination of the problem, officials said, the shuttle's external fuel tank will be drained of its oxygen and hydrogen propellants.

"The engineering team did not understand how this problem occurred and did not feel comfortable proceeding with a launch attempt," NASA spokesman George Diller said on Friday.

The delay postponed what promised to be an emotional moment for the shuttle's commander, Mark Kelly. Kelly's wife, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, traveled to Florida to watch the shuttle's ascent.

Giffords was nearly killed January 8 when she was shot in the head by a would-be assassin at a public event in Tucson, Arizona. She has been recovering at a Houston rehabilitation hospital. It was not clear whether Giffords' doctors will allow her to remain in Florida for the duration of the delay. Her office said in a statement Friday her travel plans are "undetermined."

"Congresswoman Giffords is disappointed that Endeavour was unable to launch today, but realizes that mission safety must come first. Launch delays are not uncommon with the space shuttle," the statement said. "We are looking forward to the quick rescheduling of this scientifically important mission. The congresswoman was pleased, however, to have been able to meet with President Obama and the first family."

President Barack Obama and the first lady also went to the launch site, and Obama personally visited with Giffords for about 10 minutes, a White House official said. Obama also met the entire Endeavour crew, including Kelly. Kelly was tapped to lead a crew that includes pilot Gregory Johnson; mission specialists Michael Fincke, Greg Chamitoff and Andrew Feustel; and European Space Agency astronaut Roberto Vittori. Endeavour has logged more than 103 million miles in space, blasting off 24 times, but its 25th flight will be its last.

As NASA's shuttle program winds down with the last launch scheduled this summer, many in the astronaut corps are wrestling with what to do next. For the foreseeable future, Russian rockets will be the only way for U.S. astronauts to get to space. Fincke spent a total of a year in space on the International Space Station, getting there and back twice on Russian rockets.

But Friday's delayed flight will be his first on the shuttle. Four spacewalks are planned for the mission. The space walkers will retrieve experiments, install new ones, refill tanks and lubricate parts at the International Space Station. In its cargo bay, Endeavour will carry the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.

At $1.5 billion, it is the most expensive piece of equipment a space shuttle has ever carried. The spectrometer is designed to capture space particles like anti-matter and dark matter that scientists know very little about but believe exist in the universe. The spectrometer will be mounted outside the International Space Station. If it's successful, it could lead to a better understanding of how our universe began and evolved.

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'World's largest tailgate party' expected at Endeavour's final launch
Space shuttle Endeavour will launch on its final mission Friday.
April 27th, 2011
02:21 PM ET

'World's largest tailgate party' expected at Endeavour's final launch

There could be as many as 700,000 people gathered to witness space shuttle Endeavour's final mission in Central Florida on Friday afternoon.

"I'm thinking this is like the world's largest tailgate party," said Rob Varley, the executive director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism.

The launch will come at 3:47 p.m. ET.

Crowds are already pouring into the beachside towns surrounding the Kennedy Space Center, Varley said. Tickets for specialized tours of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex are sold out, but general tours are still available.

One of the most high-profile spectators will be U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wife of Endeavour commander Mark Kelly. Giffords is recovering from a gunshot to her head after a man attacked her and killed several others at a January political event in Arizona. She departed a Houston, Texas, rehabilitation facility Wednesday on her way to Florida.

President Obama is also expected to attend the launch.

By comparison, February's launch of the shuttle Discovery on its final mission drew about 450,000 spectators.

Anyone still toying with the idea of traveling to the area to see the event should know roadways will be crowded. Come and camp out early, Varley suggested.

Though Friday will mark the last time Endeavor flies, there will be one more shuttle flight scheduled before the program ends this summer.

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April 27th, 2011
11:01 AM ET

Giffords boards flight ahead of husband's space shuttle launch

A plane believed to be carrying U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords departed Houston on Wednesday morning. Giffords is scheduled to attend the Friday launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, commanded by her husband, Mark Kelly, from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Her staffers put a picture taken from the plane on Twitter, saying she "is looking forward to some time away" from TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

Kelly and Endeavour’s five other crew members arrived at the center’s shuttle landing facility on Wednesday afternoon in T-38 training jets, two days ahead of the shuttle's launch. Giffords, his wife, has been recovering from a January gunshot to the brain but was cleared by doctors to attend Friday's liftoff.

Endeavour commander: Giffords 'more than medically ready' to see launch

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