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NASA releases first image from new space telescope
NASA releases first image from new space telescope

Aug. 1, 2022 - Not years but decades in development, NASA recently released the first images from the new James Webb Space Telescope. Launched on Dec. 25, 2021 on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, South America, all systems are go for astronomers around the world to begin using Webb's four instruments. NASA officials are "over the moon" with excitement.

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of August 08

lark: noun; whim, spur of the moment decision to do something fun or to have an adventure;
Rosie has a spring in her step this spring

morraines: noun; what is left from a glacier melting and moving over land
National Park Week: Only bears sleep at Sleeping Bear Dunes

population: noun; the total number of people living in a defined geographic area
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

shorebirds: noun; birds that live by the shore or at the edge of a body of water
Support for songbirds and shorebirds announced

Today In History

August 10

1945: Japan told the Allies it would surrender to end World War II that the United States entered after Japan attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. The formal surrender was signed on the USS Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945. The battleship was docked in Tokyo Bay.

1821: Missouri entered the Union as the twenty-fourth state. Named after the Native American people who originally inhabited the land, Missouri was acquired by the U.S. as part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. At that time, the territory's occupants were mainly French settlers. After the War of 1812, American settlers poured into the region.

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