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Dragon launch scrubbed
Dragon launch scrubbed

March 28, 2020 - At T minus 16 minutes and counting, yesterday's planned launch of the Dragon spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with two astronauts on board, was scrubbed due to weather. It is now scheduled for 3:22 p.m. EDT on Saturday.

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futuristic: adjective;having qualities of the future; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of May 25

communicate: verb; to engage in dialogue (talking) with one or more persons; to send a message;
Teens tell teens about dangers of distracted driving

revived: verb; brought back to life or in better condition;
U.S. Botanic Garden celebrates its Bicentennial

spewing: verb; throwing out with force; emitting;
May 18, 1980: Mount St. Helens volcano erupts

stroll: verb; walk at a slow or casual pace;
Tidal Basin closed just after peak bloom

Today In History

May 29

1953: Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, Hillary's Sherpa guide, were the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

1917: John F. Kennedy, who became President John F. Kennedy when he won the 1960 presidential election, was born in Brookline, Massachusetts to Rose and Joseph Kennedy.

1736: Library of Congress: Patrick Henry was born in Studley, Virginia. He was a brilliant orator and an influential leader in the opposition to British government. As a young lawyer, he astonished his courtroom audience in 1763 with an eloquent defense based on the doctrine of natural rights - the political theory that man is born with certain inalienable rights. On his twenty-ninth birthday, as a new member of Virginia's House of Burgesses, Henry presented a series of resolutions - the Stamp Act Resolves - which opposed Britain's Stamp Act. The Resolves were adopted on May 30, 1765. Read Patrick Henry's famous 1775 speech - Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death.

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