Everyone does a top 10 list. This year, we decided to switch it up, going with the top six Ideas@Innovations stories of 2012.
No. 6: The X-51A WaveriderIn this July 17, 2009, photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, an X-51A WaveRider hypersonic flight test vehicle is uploaded to an Air Force Flight Test Center B-52 for fit testing at Edwards Air Force Base. Our live coverage of the craft’s failed test flight in August was the sixth most-popular innovations story of the year. It was later announced that the failure was likely due to an early fin release.Chad Bellay/AP
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.