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Police are searching for a man accused of opening fire into crowds standing outside a gas station and injuring two people early Sunday morning. The Plaquemine Police Department said Shannon Holmes Jr.,More >>
Police said the man accused of opening fire into crowds standing outside a gas station early Sunday morning turned himself in to authorities early Monday morning.More >>
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. More >>
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Authorities in Florida are investigating the death of an 8-year-old Louisiana boy. The Escambia County Sheriff's Office reported on its Facebook page the body of Owen Black was found around 1 p.m. Sunday. Sheriff DavidMore >>
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A 12-year-old boy accidentally shot his 8-year-old brother in the shoulder Saturday afternoon, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. The injury is not life-threatening. The accidentMore >>
Investigators said a 12-year-old boy faces charges after accidentally shooting his 8-year-old brother Saturday. The injury is not considered life-threatening. More >>
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. -
After dozens of liftoffs and landings over three decades, Atlantis is set to launch.
Atlantis marks the 135th and last shuttle mission ending a program that dates back to 1981. Before that Apollo, Gemini and the first of course Mercury.
So what's the next chapter in American space flight?
A new space race is underway, but this time it's a commercial race to the stars.
"The goal of SpaceX is to increase our access to space. And especially in regards to carrying humans up there," said Garrett Reisman of Space X. "That is the reason why the company was founded. To make it more economical and safer to get both people and payloads into space."
And SpaceX is just one of many companies looking to fill the need to transport people and things into space. SpaceX has set up shop with mission control rooms and developing and testing a capsule called Dragon. And they're building the next generation of rockets like their Falcon 9.
Other companies like Sierra Nevada, are in a high dollar competition to contract with NASA to provide a viable transport system to the international space station.
The future of space is two-fold. Private companies will develop transport systems to go into low earth orbit and to the space station while NASA focuses on deep space exploration.
Taking people and equipment to asteroids, Mars and beyond.