FROM Peter Spotts
Orbiting Messenger Sends Back Surprising Data on Mercury NASA's Messenger is the first space craft to orbit the planet Mercury, where it's been circling for 88 days. Some previous theories are being confirmed but many others are ending up in the "dustbin of science." Messenger left Earth in 2004, and it's now mapping the surface of Mercury in unprecedented detail, providing much new — often puzzling — information. Pete Spotts is covering the story for the Christian Science Monitor .
Space Shuttle's Risky Mission to Fix Hubble Telescope The shuttle Atlantis is about 8000 miles from the Hubble Space Telescope and closing for the rendezvous and capture tomorrow. Yesterday’s liftoff of the shuttle Atlantis did unusual damage to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. As they close in on the Hubble, the astronauts are inspecting Atlantis for damage. Peter Spotts, staff writer for the Christian Science Monitor , considers the risks and potential rewards of the extraordinary mission.
'Do-or-die' time on healthcare bill President Trump has demanded a House vote today on replacing Obamacare…whatever the details might be. Despite his campaign promise that nobody would lose health insurance, that's possible for 24 million people if he were finally to sign this bill into law.
Trump, Russia and rabbit holes Conservatives are now joining liberal critics of President Trump by demanding to know about his administration’s ties to Russia. We hear about Washington latest political flap and possible unintended consequence.
Cover-up or witch hunt?: The latest on the WH ties to Russia Less than two months into his Presidency, Donald Trump is struggling to get his agenda under way, making it harder himself with tweets that dominate public attention. Meanwhile, important questions are going unanswered: why have staff members and the Attorney General lied about contacts with Russian officials?
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."