Space News

Sending Rosetta to the Surface

On September 30, 2016, the Rosetta spacecraft will join the Philae lander on the surface of comet 67P. Rosetta recently imaged Philae beneath a ledge where it bounced upon landing, damaging it’s solar panels.

Next Gen Space Observatory

The James Webb Space Telescope, equipped with instruments to study the near-infra red light waves of stars and galaxies, is set to launch in October of 2018 with a destination 1.5 million km from earth. 

"Ingredients" of Life on Earth?

On September 8, 2016, Osiris-REx launched from Cape Canaveral in pursuit of asteroid 101955 Bennu. The spacecraft will carefully gather a rock sample and then return to earth in the year 2023. Godspeed, Osiris REx!

The Solar System

The Solar System was formed within the Milky Way galaxy about 4.5 billion years ago when a molecular cloud of interstellar elements began to spin and heat up to the point that a gravitational implosion sparked the process of thermonuclear fusion … continue >

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World News

The United Nations

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A new Secretary General of the UN is chosen by the General Assembly on recommendation from the Security Council. In 2016, Ban Ki-Moon will conclude his second five-year term and his replacement will take office on January 1, 2017 … continue >

Sports

Pro Sports in America

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Football is arguably the most aggressive contact sport in America, providing fans with adrenaline pumping displays of speed and endurance.

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Baseball has all the fast-paced action of hockey and basketball, yet it’s played outdoors in the sun and fresh air … the best of both worlds.

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The competitiveness of the skaters and the fast-paced blocks and shots send the puck flying across the ice in the game of Ice Hockey.

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The elite athletes in the NBA are superstars on the world stage as they play the game of basketball at its most competitive level.

Politics

Election Day

Why do we vote on the first Tuesday in November? In the 1800’s many Americans were farmers who planted in the spring, harvested in the fall, and couldn’t travel much during the cold stretch of winter. In the month of November, the growing season was over and crops were being brought to market. Since Since families attended church on Sunday and most farmers traveled a day or longer to reach the nearest town, market day was usually on Wednesday. 

Election day was set for the first Tuesday in November so that even the hardest working Americans could make it to the polls.

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The role of a democratic government is to secure the rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for each of it’s citizens. Being involved at a local, state, and national level empowers an ordinary citizen with the right to create and recreate their government by voicing opinions and voting representatives into office … continue >

Rosh Hashana: October 2 - 12, 2016

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. Beginning on October 2, families gather to share a meal of traditional Jewish foods. Blessings are recited over the wine, soup, Challah bread, and sliced apples and honey that symbolize the spiritual nourishment of the Jewish faith.

Yom Kippur on October 12 concludes the observance, as the faithful spend the day fasting and attending synagogue … continue >

Religions of the World

Whether we’re comfortable with our “own” religion, or our beliefs are personal and accepting of others’ views, the religions of the world have compelling similarities and differences that allow us to understand human nature … continue >