Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Issue: "The Haiti quake," Feb. 13, 2010

Super Bowl Sunday

February 7: Super Bowl XLIV could be a high-scoring affair as two offensive-minded teams, the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints, square off at 6:25 p.m. The Who will provide halftime entertainment.

Space mission

February 7: NASA will send the Space Shuttle Endeavour off on its penultimate mission today. But the launch date could be moved if scientists with the space agency can't solve problems with the shuttle's cooling system. If Endeavour takes orbit, astronauts plan to deliver two more modules to the International Space Station.

Happy birthday, Boy Scouts

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February 8: The United States Senate designated today as Boy Scouts of America Day, setting aside a day to mark the centenary of the Boy Scout movement. Nearly 110 million Americans have taken the Scout Oath to "do my best to do my duty to God and my country." Nearly 2 million American boys have reached Eagle Scout since 1911.

Opening ceremony in Canada

February 12: The 21st Winter Olympics opens in Vancouver, Canada, today. Male figure skaters will skate for gold on Feb. 18-the same day the American ice hockey team faces off in a preliminary round against Norway.

Sports doubleheader

February 14: No wonder sports fans love February: Today will feature a double feature that could keep any sports fan on the couch for hours. The day begins with the 52nd running of the Daytona 500. Last year, Matt Kenseth took home the checkered flag. And after this year's winner makes his victory lap, sports fans can still look forward to the NBA All-Star Game. This year's basketball glitterfest will be held at Cowboys Stadium, the $1.3 billion football structure.

Pluto's anniversary

February 20: On this day 80 years ago, observatory technician Clyde Tombaugh spotted an object moving suspiciously quickly across a series of photographs taken from the Lowell Observatory. That moving object was Pluto. But 76 years later, the International Astronomical Union stripped Pluto of its planetary status. Today, the planet-like rock and ice chunk is known as a dwarf planet.


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