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  New space telescope to launch in 2018
New space telescope to launch in 2018
Dec. 1, 2015 - NASA is one step closer to having new “eyes in the sky.” Since 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has probed the solar system as never before sending back stunning and stellar images for scientists to study and the public to admire. In 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to launch into space as Hubble's successor.
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successor: noun;a person or thing coming after another, usually in the same capacity; Find it in blue in today's top story!
Weekly VOCAB

Week of November 30

adaptable: adjective; able to adapt;
SURE HOUSE wins Solar Decathlon

loquacious: adjective; talkative, outgoing;
Osky Sock Monkeys define FIRST

preeminent: adjective; top, above others, superior,
Philly named first World Heritage City in US

vacant: adjective; empty, open in need of being filled as in a job;
Rosie flexes her muscle with new Guinness World Record

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December 1

1987: World Aids Day was held for the first time and every year following on Dec. 1 to raise awareness worldwide of the AIDS epidemic.

In Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger and was arrested, sparking a 381-day bus boycott led by Martin Luther King, Jr. The Civil Rights Movement gained momentum.

The Antarctic Treaty was signed by 12 countries, making the Antarctic continent a demilitarized zone to be preserved for scientific research.

General Andrew Jackson, commander of the U.S. Army of the Southwest, defended New Orleans, Louisiana, against British invasion; a series of skirmishes over the next few weeks culminated in the Battle of New Orleans.

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Nov. 10, 1975: The S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sinks in Lake SuperiorNov. 10, 1975: The S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sinks in Lake Superior
Nov. 10, 2015 - In Lake Superior on this day in 1975 during a storm, 29 men went down with the Edmund Fitzgerald, a lake freighter.


1. Describe the change in weather conditions that led to the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

2. How does the song written about the sinking tell the story in a powerful way? Choose one verse and explain its meaning with details from the story and videos.

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Freedom shines brightly Freedom shines brightly
Nov. 19, 2015 - President Lincoln's 1863 Gettsyburg Address is more relevant than ever as the world stands in solidarity with France in defense of freedom.
Take a hike - literally!Take a hike - literally!
Nov. 17, 2015 - At Lassen National Volcanic Park, the 3-mile Bumpass' Hell Trail takes hikers inside a crater of a dormant volcano. Now that's a hike worth every step!
World mourns with FranceWorld mourns with France
Nov. 16, 2015 - Nohemi Gonzalez, an American college student spending a semester studying in Paris, was one of the 129 killed in the Paris terrorist attacks.
Multiple terrorist attacks in ParisMultiple terrorist attacks in Paris
Nov. 13, 2015 - Multiple terrorist attacks are ongoing in Paris, France including restaurants, a concert hall, and a soccer stadium. (UPDATE: Nov. 14)
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