As the space shuttle program comes to an end this week, CBS News decided to look into the flags the astronauts left behind on six trips to the moon. What’s become of them? A California librarian may have the answer…

image credit: NASA History Office/NASA JSC Media Services Center.

As the space shuttle program comes to an end this week, CBS News decided to look into the flags the astronauts left behind on six trips to the moon. What’s become of them? A California librarian may have the answer…

image credit: NASA History Office/NASA JSC Media Services Center.

We are leaders and we join other proud states that recognize our families and the battle will now go on in other states.
Sen. Thomas Duane after the NY Senate voted 33-29 to legalize same-sex marriage
It is time to focus on nation building here at home

President Obama speaking on the Afghanistan troop withdrawal.

Read the full transcript of his remarks here

Both of the presidential signatures shown above enacted legislation into law.
One of the signatures is real, actually signed by the hand of President Obama. The other is a facsimile, the work of a mechanical device known as an autopen.
Can you tell the difference?

Both of the presidential signatures shown above enacted legislation into law.

One of the signatures is real, actually signed by the hand of President Obama. The other is a facsimile, the work of a mechanical device known as an autopen.

Can you tell the difference?

On her first solo trip to Africa, First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha (left) and Malia met with former South African president Nelson Mandela at his home in Houghton. 
(Photo courtesy: Nelson Mandela Foundation, Debbie Yazbek Photography)

On her first solo trip to Africa, First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha (left) and Malia met with former South African president Nelson Mandela at his home in Houghton.

(Photo courtesy: Nelson Mandela Foundation, Debbie Yazbek Photography)

Get a good look - because it may be one of the last sunspots you’ll see for a while. The sun is heading into an unusual and extended hibernation, scientists predict. Around 2020, sunspots may disappear for years, maybe decades.

Get a good look - because it may be one of the last sunspots you’ll see for a while. The sun is heading into an unusual and extended hibernation, scientists predict. Around 2020, sunspots may disappear for years, maybe decades.

On June 14, 1777 the Continental Congress adopted a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”
Happy Flag Day

On June 14, 1777 the Continental Congress adopted a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”

Happy Flag Day

The Environmental Working Group says apples top its “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables with the highest amounts of pesticides. “We found that nearly every apple sampled, 98 per cent, had pesticide residues,” says Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst. “This is an accumulation of 48 different pesticides.” 

The Environmental Working Group says apples top its “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables with the highest amounts of pesticides. “We found that nearly every apple sampled, 98 per cent, had pesticide residues,” says Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst. “This is an accumulation of 48 different pesticides.” 

CHARLOTTE: The future home of the “Miracle on the Hudson” plane - US Airways flight 1549.   (CBS News/Darrall Johnson)

CHARLOTTE: The future home of the “Miracle on the Hudson” plane - US Airways flight 1549.   (CBS News/Darrall Johnson)

"The blunt reality is that there will be dwindling appetite and patience in the U.S. Congress — and in the American body politic writ large — to expend increasingly precious funds on behalf of nations that are apparently unwilling to devote the necessary resources or make the necessary changes to be serious and capable partners in their own defense," - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates.