Giffords' husband writing children's book

The husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is writing a children's book about a mouse.

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly has a deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. The publisher said Monday that "Mousetronaut: A Partially True Story" will be released in October.

The book was inspired by an unflappable mouse on Kelly's first space shuttle flight.

Houston's dress, vest, earrings up for auction

There had to be an auction, but so soon? A black velvet dress that belonged to Whitney Houston and a pair of earrings she wore in "The Bodyguard" will soon be sold to the highest bidder.

Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien said Sunday the pieces and other Houston items became available after the singer's unexpected death Feb. 11 at 48 and will be included among a long-planned sale of Hollywood memorabilia such as Charlie Chaplin's cane, Clark Gable's jacket from "Gone With the Wind" and Charlton Heston's staff from "The Ten Commandments."

Her floor-length black dress is valued at $1,000 but is likely to collect much more. Same for the vest Houston wore in "The Bodyguard," listed at $400, and the faux-pearl earrings that start at $600.

Houston fans and other collectors can bid online, by phone or in person during the "Hollywood Legends" auction on March 31 and April 1. Lots will be shown during a free public exhibition beginning March 19 at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Glenn marks 50 years since historic orbit

John Glenn made his historic spaceflight alone in 1962 but celebrated its 50th anniversary Monday among hundreds of people within his orbit, from fellow headline-making astronauts and NASA's administrator to family, friends and students at Ohio State, where the public affairs school bears his name.

They watched footage of the launch and showered him with applause, praising the first American to orbit the Earth, on Feb. 20, 1962.

Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, told the audience at the gala that Glenn was "no ordinary pilot."

There was a need for leadership in the space program in the early 1960s, Armstrong said, and Glenn "literally rose to the occasion."

The former astronaut and U.S. senator from Ohio, 90, circled the Earth three times in five hours and was viewed as a national hero for helping to lead the U.S. into space.

"I think the hero thing is in the eye of the beholder," Glenn said during a question-and-answer session with Annie, his wife of nearly seven decades. "I don't look at myself that way."