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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Week of August 08lark: 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 131961: The Berlin Wall was built.
1942: Library of Congress: Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin drafted a memorandum to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt opposing their decision not to invade Western Europe at that time. In the memo, Stalin, whose beleaguered Russian army had been contending with a German invasion for over a year, impressed upon the Americans and the British the necessity of relieving the pressure on Russia's western front. Stalin pressed the Allies to open a second front against Hitler in Europe. Concluding that this action would be militarily unsound for them to attempt in 1942, England and the U.S. chose instead to invade North Africa. The alliance between Great Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union began to unravel soon after the German threat was vanquished in 1945. Indications of the depth of the tensions between the allies had surfaced in February of that year at the Black Sea resort of Yalta, where Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt met to plan the final defeat and occupation of Nazi Germany.
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