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  • Atlantis Shuttle Takes Off     Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 11:23 AM ET

    CNBC's Brian Shactman has a look at what the shuttle program meant to the U.S. as the final space shuttle launch counts down.

  • From Rocket Science to Unemployment     Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 10:32 AM ET

    CNBC's Brian Shactman has the details on the amount of jobs that will disappear as NASA's 30-year shuttle program ends.

  • Onward & Upward Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 8:37 AM ET

    Our special report, "NASA: The Next Generation," explores  the impact of the space shuttle's end to the future of the agency and America's place in space.

  • Hard Landing In The End Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 8:23 AM ET
    Space Shuttle Endeavour

    From Florida's Space Coast to contractors in Connecticut and Georgia. jobs and business will be lost — some, probably forever.

  • Staying In The Race Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 8:23 AM ET
    Buzz Aldrin stands on moon surface with US flag during Apollo 11 mission.

    The end of NASA’s space shuttle program will limit U.S. manned flight in the short term but is unlikely to threaten the country's long-term competitiveness in the space sector.

  • Next Stop: Deep Space Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 8:22 AM ET
    Artist rendering of the Sierra Nevada Corp. Dream Chaser, which justreceived $80 million from NASA. It is one of the new generation ofprivate-sector space vehicles that will carry humans and cargo to theInternational Space Station.

    The space agency is leaving the low-orbit travel to the private sector and focusing its R&D efforts on exploring deep space.

  • Commentary: Lift Off For The Private Sector Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 8:22 AM ET

    With the final space shuttle flying, many wonder, what’s next? Well, tighten your seat belt. The second great space race is about to begin and it could shave two to three years off astronauts' down time without something American to fly.

  • Final Shuttle Launch     Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 6:40 AM ET

    NASA's last shuttle is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral today, with CNBC's Brian Shactman.

  • Change In The Coast Line Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 | 6:02 PM ET

    The fear in the area surrounding Kennedy Space Center is that when the Shuttle program ends this month, it will become the "Ghost Coast".

  • Common Politics Muddy Waters in Rare Earth Discovery Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 | 10:39 AM ET

    The discovery of huge deposits of so-called 'rare earth' minerals, used in high technology products, on the Pacific sea floor should ease long-term supply constraints and end a Chinese monopoly, which had been causing strategic concerns in the West, analysts said.

  • Pace of US Layoffs Lowest Since 2000: Challenger Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 | 7:30 AM ET
    Unemployment line

    Planned job cuts rose to 41,432 jobs in June, an 11.6 percent increase on May, but the overall pace of downsizing is at the lowest level for 11 years, according to the monthly jobs report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

  • Cramer Eyes the Industrial Trade Tuesday, 5 Jul 2011 | 7:26 PM ET

    Cramer rounds out his list of America’s best companies with Honeywell International and Cummins.

  • Planes, Trains & Profits     Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | 3:40 PM ET

    Despite higher oil prices, the world's largest supplier of rail equipment lays out a global strategy for growth, with Pierre Beaudoin, Bombardier CEO.

  • National Security Changes     Wednesday, 27 Apr 2011 | 9:23 AM ET

    CNBC's Eamon Javers takes a look at what the new Secretary of State appointment means for defense stocks.

  • Embraer Regains Altitude     Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 10:43 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso Cabrera takes a look at Brazil's Embraer seeing more demand over the past year.

  • Call to the Floor: Rockwell Collins CEO     Thursday, 21 Apr 2011 | 12:54 PM ET

    A look at earnings and growth plans with Clay Jones, Rockwell Collins chairman & CEO.

  • Apollo 11 — One Small Switch, One Giant Problem Thursday, 14 Apr 2011 | 1:01 PM ET

    In what may be one of the most fascinating pieces of space history, two sheets from the checklist Armstrong and Aldrin had on the Moon is up for auction next month at Bonhams. The sheets include handwritten notes by Aldrin scribbled as the two astronauts were on the lunar surface, shortly before Aldrin discovers a potentially fatal development.

  • NASA Names Space Shuttles' Retirement Locations Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 | 3:16 PM ET
    US space shuttle Discovery

    NASA is giving its retiring space shuttles to museums in Cape Canaveral, Los Angeles and suburban Washington.

  • Biggest Government Contractors Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 1:12 PM ET
    Contracted in 2010: $35.9 billion* Total 2010 revenue: $45.8 billion Contracted in 2011, so far: $15.74 billion  Headquartered Lockheed’s dependence on contracts from the U.S. Government is no secret. The company researches, designs, develops and manufactures satellites, space vehicles, combat aircraft, missile defense systems, aeronautics and intelligence systems, which are essentially out of the scope of non-government consumers. Lockheed’s biggest contracts in 2010 included a $2.51 billion co

    As the U.S. moves closer to the so-called "Fiscal Cliff", big ticket government spending areas like defense programs are likely to be at the center of the debate.

  • Airline Safety     Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | 7:25 PM ET

    NBC's Michelle Franzen has the latest on Boeing's 737s at risk for cracks.

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  • The business world has seen numerous individuals put their marriages, careers and good standing at risk for an extramarital dalliance. CNBC.com presents a list of people who went outside of their marriages for intimate relationships.

  • A top U.S. general in Afghanistan is now under investigation, with CNBC's Eamon Javers. Jeremy Kroll, K2 Intelligence, and Julian Sanchez, Cato Institute, also discuss cyber security.

  • CNBC's Jane Wells takes a look at the rise of women in companies that used to be dominated by men.