Newly promoted featured picture: the last launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour in May; a higher-resolution version can be viewed at the description page (see below).
This week's "Featured content" covers Sunday 10 – Saturday 16 July
From the new featured article, the frontispiece and title page of the 1773 edition of Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies, an annual directory of prostitutes then working in Georgian London. A small, attractive pocketbook, it apparently sold about 8,000 copies annually.
From the new featured article, a single sky filled with many types of cirrus cloud
From the new featured article White-bellied Sea Eagle, an opportunistic carnivore that consumes a wide variety of animal prey: here, one is about to seize waterborne prey.
Indian Head eagle (nom), the sixth in a projected ten-article series about the Great Redesign of US coinage between 1907 and 1921. This article includes coverage of the initial battles between sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Mint Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber and President Theodore Roosevelt, who went so far as to threaten Barber with decapitation. (Nominated by Wehwalt)
Gumbo (nom), a stew or soup that originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century. (Nominated by Karanacs)
"Indian Camp" (nom), the first short story Ernest Hemingway published. Some critics consider that it shows the genesis of many of his themes in subsequent stories and novels. (Truthkeeper88)
White-bellied Sea Eagle (nom), this WikiProject Birds collaboration for April 2011 concerns a large diurnal bird of prey that is resident from India and Sri Lanka through southeast Asia to Australia on coasts and major waterways. It issues a loud goose-like honk. (Casliber)
Anfield (nom), an association football stadium in Anfield, Liverpool, UK, with a seating capacity of 45,276. It has been the home of Liverpool F.C. since their formation in 1892. (NapHit)
Cirrus cloud (nom), which are characterised by thin, wispy strands, often bunched into tufts. The word cirrus is Latin for curl. They range in colour from white to a faint grey and form when water vapour undergoes deposition at altitudes above 5,000 metres (16,000 ft) in temperate regions and above 6,100 metres (20,000 ft) in tropical regions. (Reaper Eternal)
SMS Friedrich der Grosse (1911) (nom), the flagship of the German Imperial Navy's High Seas Fleet for most of World War I. The ship saw heavy service, including the Battle of Jutland, and was ultimately scuttled in Scapa Flow at the end of the war and later raised for scrapping. (Parsecboy)
Astonishing Stories (nom), a minor American pulp science-fiction magazine in the early 1940s that managed to publish early fiction by some of the biggest names in the field, such as Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. (Mike Christie)
No. 79 Squadron RAAF (nom), the history and current role of one of the Royal Australian Air Force's most interesting squadrons. No. 79 Squadron saw combat in World War II between 1943 and 1945, was reformed to be deployed to Thailand for six years during the Cold War, was briefly active as a fighter unit based in Malaysia in the late 1980s and has provided initial jet aircraft training to new RAAF pilots since 1998. (Nick-D)
London Necropolis Company (nom). Nominator Iridescent says, "Depending on your point of view, the LNC was either a visionary attempt to use new technology to solve a public health crisis and to introduce the concept of dignity to funerals for the poor, or it ranks alongside Mirabel Airport and the Atmospheric Railway as one of the great examples of harebrained overengineering schemes."