Saturday, April 21, 2012

Photos of the Week: The Lion Lay Down with the Lamb. Plus, Last Flight of Shuttle Discovery

Be forewarned, the lion (leopard) and the lamb story doesn't have a happy ending!

From the Daily Mail. A young antelope only four hours old was discovered by a leopard in South Africa. The leopard played with the youngster, who had no sense of fear of the big cat for about 45 minutes as startled onlookers snapped photos. The one photo not included in the story is what happened after the leopard got either bored or hungry.

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The last flight of the Shuttle Discovery over Washington, DC atop a 747 carrying it to the Smithsonian museum outside the city. Story and more photos from the Daily Mail and the NASA Flickr.

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As a follow on to the NASA story Charles Krauthammer has a brilliant column in the Washington Post describing how this victory lap for the Space Shuttle is actually a funeral procession for America's manned space program and our predominance in space following Obama's cancellation of the Shuttle's successor which terminated manned space flight at NASA. The Russians and Chinese are only too eager to take up the slack and eventually make the U.S. a second rate power in space!

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