The shuttle, as seen in this mid-1970s illustration, was envisioned as a low-cost, quick-turnaround truck to space.
Astronaut Edwin (Buzz) E. Aldrin Jr., pilot of the Apollo 11 mission, poses beside a flag on the surface of the moon. One space policy analyst says the space shuttle program was the natural successor to the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs and evolved humans' ability to live and work in space.
Abdou Ouologuem, Dima Bawab, Thomas Doliz and William Nadylam in a scene from director Peter Brook's A Magic Flute.
Legendary British stage director Peter Brook has made a career of deconstructing and reinvestigating the classics. He rearranged the soliloquies in Shakespeare's Hamlet, and cut the chorus from Bizet's Carmen and set it in a bullring. Now, at 86, Brook is taking on one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's best-loved works, The Magic Flute.
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If only all the speed and strength of youth could be channeled into power. Turns out, it can. Some colleges and universities have started converting energy from exercise equipment into electricity.
One of those schools is Drexel University in Philadelphia, where student power runs straight into their buildings' power grids. Dan Simmons, director of recreation at Drexel, says a typical 30-minute workout on a treadmill can generate enough energy to hold a light bulb for 2.5 hours.
An Afghan holds a bouquet of poppies near the city of Kandahar, Afghanistan.
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Poppies grow in the city of Fayzabad in Afghanistan.
In case you missed it, June 26 was the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Afghanistan, the world's largest provider of opium poppy, did mark the occasion — with a bonfire.
Standing near an 11-ton mountain of seized opium, hashish and alcohol on the outskirts of Kabul, Gen. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi welcomed officials to the drug-burning ceremony.
Ahmadi, the country's deputy minister for counternarcotics, appealed for a strong international effort against narcotrafficking. He also asked for more cooperation from his own government on the issue.