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Astronauts out and about in deep space
Astronauts out and about in deep space

March 22, 2019 - It's another day at work for astronauts on the International Space Station. But today two astronauts are venturing outside for a spacewalk that is planned to last six-and-a-half hours. Even though the scenery will be spectacular the spacewalk is all work.

Word of the Day
truss: noun;structure that supports part of a building or other construction; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Remembering the people of D-Day as 75th anniversary nearsRemembering the people of D-Day as 75th anniversary nears
Jan. 11, 2019 - For the upcoming 75th anniversary of D-Day, Student News Net will be honoring the people of D-Day. Sgt. Fred Bahlau was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne who "dropped" behind enemy lines on D-Day. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was the Supreme Allied Commander who commanded more than 150,000 soldiers on D-Day.

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  1. Why is Rosa Parks called the 'Mother of the Civil Rights Movement?
  2. What prepared Rosa for the action she took on Montgomery City Bus #2857 on Dec. 1, 1955?
  3. Why was the life Rosa led such a courageous one?

Douglas Brinkley, author of Rosa Parks: A Life, speaks at the Student News Net Symposium on Sept. 14, 2018..

Weekly VOCAB

Week of March 18

congestion: Select Part of speech...; can mean a bottleneck as in traffic but also a symptom with colds and influenza in which respiratory passages (nose and sinuses) are blocked because of the infection;
Influenza viruses wreaking havoc for a long time

glaciologists: noun; people who study glaciers;
Expedition searching for Endurance shipwreck

projections: noun; estimates based on data and/or information that is reviewed;
Parker Solar Probe mission heating up

Today In History

March 24

1989: The Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker, was navigating outside of shipping lanes to avoid icebergs when it ran aground north of Goose Island near Alaska at 12:04 a.m. local time. It had departed the Trans Alaska Pipeline terminal the night before. For reasons unknown, after averting icebergs, the ship stayed outside of shipping lanes. It eventually leaked 11 million gallons of its 53 million gallons of oil. The State of Alaska has posted a short audio of the call made by Exxon Valdez Captain Hazelwood to the Valdex Vessel Traffic Center informing them of the oil leak. Until the Gulf Oil spill in 2010, it was the largest oil spill in the United States. About 1,300 miles of Alaskan shoreline were impacted by the Exxon Valdez oil spill. For a good summary of the spill, visit the state of Alaska here.

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