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Wed July 20, 2011
The End Of The Space Shuttle Era

So You Want To Be An Astronaut

Zoe McElroy, 11, hopes to get to the Moon or even Mars.
Lisa McElroy

The space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to land Thursday, bringing the 30-year space shuttle program to its conclusion.

A request on NPR's Facebook page asking people to share their dreams of being an astronaut brought more than 1,000 responses.

In 1970, Trish Dardine was eight and growing up in Long Island, N.Y. She volunteered herself and her dad to join the Apollo 13 mission.

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2:00am

Wed July 20, 2011
NPR Story

Wealthy Persian Gulf Tourists Travel To Turkey

Months of unrest in the Middle East and North Africa continue to take their economic toll. While tourism figures are down across the region, patterns are shifting. Beirut became the favored destination for Arab travelers reluctant to endure post Sept. 11 hostility in the West, but now it's losing those wealthy Persian Gulf visitors to Turkey.

2:00am

Wed July 20, 2011
NPR Story

British Panel Releases Critical Report On Hacking Scandal

British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to address Parliament Wednesday on the phone-hacking scandal. It is thought he'll give details of a public inquiry into the media, the day after Rupert Murdock and his son were grilled by members of a parliamentary committee. Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Phillip Reeves, who is in London.

2:00am

Wed July 20, 2011
Sports

NBA Players Urged To Play Abroad During Lockout

With no signs that the NBA lockout will be resolved anytime soon, the players union is encouraging its members to take their talents overseas. New Jersey Nets Point Guard Deron Williams recently announced that he will play for a team in Turkey. Steve Inskeep talks with Sports Illustrated's Pablo Torre about the possibility more players will follow suit.

2:00am

Wed July 20, 2011
Around the Nation

New York City Holds Lottery For Same-Sex Wedding Date

Same-sex marriage becomes legal in New York on Sunday. New York City officials have been overwhelmed with more than 1,700 applications, and they fear they will not be able to handle all those requests on one day.

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