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Jun 04, 2009

Events on the horizon.

By FLYP Staff

June 12: Persian Politics

Iranians get their chance to boot—or boost—Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as their hotly anticipated presidential elections get underway. Watch closely to see if Obama’s forays into the Muslim world can help tilt the balance toward former prime minister Mir Hossein Moussavi, the favorite of Iran’s reformists and elites. 


June 15–21: Looking Up

Featuring four hours of flying displays per day, the weeklong Paris International Air Show will celebrate its centenary year with displays of new aircraft from all over the world. Conspicuously absent from the list: the much-anticipated Boeing 787 Dreamliner, already two years behind schedule.


June 17: Moon or Bust

NASA will deliver two probes aboard an unmanned Atlas V rocket to pave the way for man’s return to the moon, 37 years after two Apollo astronauts first touched down on its surface. The probes will scout future landing sites and look for water, ice, and concentrations of minerals for further study. 


June 21: Greek Tragedy

Athens’s new Acropolis Museum finally opens its doors—five years late—with a dramatically reduced opening ceremonies budget. Museum leaders are hoping a bargain basement admissions fare of a single Euro will lure more recession-weary visitors in to see the 4,000 artifacts on display. 


June 22: Game, Set, Grass

Top tennis stars will head to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club for Wimbledon 2009. Sisters Venus and Serena Williams are, as usual, favored to duke it out for the women’s title. On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal will try to retain his title over five-time grass court champ Roger Federer. 


June 29: Souter Gives Way

The Supreme Court wraps up its session, and with it, the tenure of left-leaning Justice David Souter, a New Hampshire native and two-decade veteran of the court. But the retirement plans of Souter, a one-time Republican, will be put on hold if the GOP launches an extended debate over nominee Sonia Sotomayor. 


June 24: Toys Gone Wild

Would-be tough guy Shia LaBeouf and Angelina Jolie-wannabe Megan Fox are back in action to bring the classic ’80s toys to life once again in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Fans of director Michael Bay’s particular brand of hyper-violent machismo will be on hand to count the explosions. 


June 29: Madoff Gets His Due

Ponzi-master Bernie Madoff will find out just how many years behind bars pays for some $60 billion of vanished investments—at least in the opinion of Judge Denny Chin. It’s been a slow road to the sentencing, already once delayed by an overflow of victims requesting a speaking role at the hearing.

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aaron philibert
Jun 21, 2009

Please revise your moon landing text. On July 20th, 2009, it will be exactly 40 years since Apollo 11 delivered the first men to the moon, not 37 years as you cite. You can even look it up in the history books!

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Jun 11, 2009

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Steve McQuillan
Jun 10, 2009