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  Tons of cargo en route to space station
Tons of cargo en route to space station
May 21, 2018 - At 4:44 a.m. EDT today, an Orbital ATK Antares rocket launched the Cygnus cargo spacecraft carrying 7,400 pounds of supplies and payloads for the International Space Station. The mission launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. It will arrive at the space station Thursday.
 
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Geologists follow Hawaiian proverb: By observing, one learnsGeologists follow Hawaiian proverb: By observing, one learns
May 14, 2018 - USGS geologists are working around the clock monitoring Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano.
 
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Week of May 21

anagram: noun; a word that is made from using all of the letters of a different word;
Student rocketeers ready for Fly-Off

curators: noun; people who curate (assemble, pull together) exhibits at museums;
Iconic artifact: the Rosa Parks bus

repercussions: noun; results, consequences that can be positive but often negative;
Dark-Sky Association: Losing dark of night at the speed of light

Volcanology: noun; the study of volcanoes;
Geologists follow Hawaiian proverb: By observing, one learns

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May 22

1802: Library of Congress: the first of first ladies, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington died of a severe fever. When she married George Washington in January 1759, she was twenty-seven years old and a widowed mother of two. She was also one of the wealthiest women in Virginia, having inherited some 15,000 acres of farmland from her deceased husband, Daniel Parke Custis. A prosperous farmer himself, George Washington ably took over the Custis estate, but moved Martha and his newly-adopted stepchildren Martha ("Patsy") and John Parke ("Jacky") to his own home, Mount Vernon, outside Alexandria, Virginia. There, the couple delighted in raising their children (though Patsy died of an epileptic seizure in 1773 at the age of seventeen, while Jacky died of camp fever during the Revolution in 1781) and entertaining Virginia society. It is estimated that between 1768 and 1775 over 2,000 guests visited the Washingtons, some staying for extended periods.

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Hands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE DayHands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE Day
Sept. 18, 2017 - The Norman Borlaug Boyhood Home in Cresco, Iowa served as an outdoor classroom Friday for more than 250 fifth graders.

 

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1. How did Norman Borlaug save the lives of one billion people through his research and work in Mexico?

2. How is the Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation keeping the legacy of Norman Borlaug alive?

3. What does it mean to "literally walk in the footsteps of Dr. Norman Borlaug?"


INSPIRE Day was an exciting, informative and educational field trip for students.

I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads: Since 1952, political ads have aired on television during presidential elections. Seismic changes have occurred in the nation since that time but the power and punch of political ads remain the same.

Major flooding impacts Iowa: Thousands of residents in eastern and central Iowa spent the Sept. 24-25 weekend filling and placing sandbags around buildings to protect against rising water predicted to reach flood stage in many locations.
Scrumptious Salsa Science: Salsa is scrumptious, a fun food that is super nutritious, super easy to make, and super science. Learn how hydroponic vegetables are grown with Bryan Ellis from the Toledo Natural Science Technology Center. 
One Hot and Cool Topic: The Art - and Science - of Glass: Watch a master instructor of glassblowing sculpt a bowl from a gob of molten glass. 
What are the Iowa Caucuses?: Learn the history of the Iowa Caucuses through "First in the Nation," an exhibit at the Iowa Historical Museum in Des Moines. 

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