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ICYMI: Celebrating a Decade With Brian Williams

From Brian Williams’ 10-year anniversary to concerns about the material used in playgrounds, here are some highlights from Nightly News this week.

The First 10 With Brian Williams

In celebration of Brian Williams’ 10-year anniversary as anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, here’s a look back at a few of the many stories he’s covered and some of our favorite moments.

Orion's Historic Launch

Orion’s spectacular launch begins a new era for NASA and sets up its mission to Mars. It sped 3,600 miles into space at 17,000 miles an hour and sent back breathtaking images before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. Watch the spectacular liftoff that had one program manager noting, “We've finally done something here today for our generation."

Test Flight of NASA’s Orion a Success From Launch to Splashdown 2:38

From Soap Operas to Politics

The new ambassador to Hungary was approved in a narrow vote despite close scrutiny from Sen. John McCain for her lack of experience in diplomacy. Her past area of expertise has more to do with evil twins, amnesia, and love triangles than politics - she used to be a soap opera producer for “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

Former Soap Opera Producer Is Now U.S. Ambassador to Hungary 2:19

Playground Safety

A group of mothers in Oregon is raising concerns about the potential health risk in their playground’s surface for young children. The surface, made from recycled car and truck tires, is known as rubber mulch. While the industry cites studies that show the material is safe, some doctors and parents are not convinced.

Time to Fly

Allison Williams hopes her turn in the green tights for the title role in “Peter Pan Live!” will remind people why this character is so cherished. Before she took to the stage, the actress sat down with NBC’s Harry Smith to talk about her own connection to the story, which began with a VHS copy at age 2.