FROM Fran Bagenal
NASA's Successful Pluto Fly-by NASA launched the New Horizons spacecraft nine and a half years go, and last night — three billion miles later — pictures and other data began coming back from Pluto, the most distant object ever reached by human kind. The world's most famous astrophysicist, Stephen Hawking sent congratulations on YouTube. Fran Bagenal leads the New Horizon 's Particles and Plasma Team, and she's been on the project since the beginning. See more images of New Horizon's mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.