- Atlantis blasts off on its last mission, ending 30 years of NASA’s space shuttle program.
- Meanwhile, NASA is fighting to keep the James Webb space telescope from falling under the federal budget axe.
- The world map changes as the country of South Sudan is created.
- Honeybees are still disappearing worldwide.
- Award-winning Canadian SF writer Robert J. Sawyer opines on living forever – and its consequences of life on Earth.
- On Monday, it will have been 1 Neptune-year (164.79 Earth years) since Neptune was discovered in 1846.