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July 8th, 2011
07:40 PM ET

CNN Heroes: Grief-stricken mom found a new family after tsunami

Phuket, Thailand (CNN) - When Southeast Asia was rocked by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2004, Susanne Janson was glued to her television in Stockholm, Sweden.

Her two daughters - 14-year-old Eleonor and 12-year-old Josefin - were vacationing in Thailand at the time with her ex-husband and his new family, and she hadn't heard any news of their whereabouts because phone lines were unreliable.

With such a lack of information, it didn't take long for Janson and her partner, Hans Forssell, to hop on a plane.

"I was so sure that when we arrived in Thailand, I would have a (text) message telling me that I could come back home because we missed each other in the air," Janson recalls. "Unfortunately, I didn't have that message."

When Janson and Forssell arrived in Khao Lak, the city her daughters were staying in, they learned that it had been one of Thailand's hardest-hit areas.

"There was nothing left ... everything had disappeared," Janson said.

Eventually, she had to face a tragic reality: that her daughters had perished along with their father and three other members of his family.
"When I realized I wouldn't bring them back home alive, I wanted to die," said Janson, 47.

Read more about Janson here.

Filed under: CNN Heroes
July 8th, 2011
10:58 AM ET

Larry King on the final installment of the Harry Potter movie series

It's been a magical ride.

After 10 years and $6 billion in ticket sales, the 8th and final Harry Potter film hits theaters in the U.S. next week.
This Sunday, Larry King will host a one-hour special with the cast of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two."

Larry will be premiering never-before-seen footage from the film as well as an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with the special effects team that bring the magical world to life.

This morning, Kiran Chetry speaks with Larry about his brush with "Pottermania."

Larry's special "Harry Potter: The Final Chapter" airs on CNN Sunday at 8p ET.

Filed under: Harry Potter
July 8th, 2011
10:23 AM ET

Bob Crippen reflects on NASA's first space shuttle mission

When John Young and Bob Crippen launched on the space shuttle Columbia on April 12, 1981, it was the dawn of a new era of space travel.

Now that the program is wrapping up, does Crippen think that the program accomplished everything it set out to achieve?

He joins Ali Velshi on American Morning today to reflect on his astronaut experience and to weigh in on the future of NASA and space exploration.

Filed under: NASA • Shuttle
July 8th, 2011
10:09 AM ET

Commercial spaceflights: The next step for the U.S. space program?

Garrett Reisman, former NASA astronaut, flew on the space shuttle twice, performed spacewalks, and spent about three months living on the International Space Station.

He recently left NASA to take a job with the commercial firm Space X, which hopes to one day launch NASA astronauts and paying tourists to space on its Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket.

Reisman joins Ali Velshi today on American Morning to talk about the future of the private and commercial space industry now that the shuttle era is coming to a close.

Filed under: NASA • Shuttle
July 8th, 2011
09:58 AM ET

Microsoft's 'Imagine Cup' challenges students to innovate

Microsoft is kicking off its global student technology competition, "Imagine Cup," in New York City today. The competition challenges thousands of students from across the world to innovate and create new technology that solves some of the world's greatest challenges.

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, talks to American Morning today about why the company created the "Imagine Cup." Joining him are five students representing teams competing for the cup. Two of the students bring their inventions to set to show Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans what amazing innovations they will be presenting this weekend.

Filed under: Education
July 8th, 2011
09:50 AM ET

What's next for NASA's space program? A former astronaut looks at the possibilities

The Atlantis mission will close the books on NASA's space shuttle program. Where does space exploration go from here?

This morning, CNN's Ali Velshi takes an in-depth look at the future of space travel with Jim Halsell, a former astronaut who has flown five shuttle missions - two as a commander, three as a pilot. He's now a vice president with ATK Aerospace Systems, working on a commercial vehicle to take NASA's astronauts back to space.

In this video, he explains where he thinks space travel will go in the future.

Filed under: NASA • Shuttle
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