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Dragon blasts off from Kennedy Space Center
Dragon blasts off from Kennedy Space Center

May 31, 2020 - It's been almost ten years since America launched astronauts into space from American soil. That changed yesterday. At 3:22 p.m. EDT, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, sitting on Launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ignited to launch the Dragon spacecraft into space. (UPDATE: June 1)

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of June 01

exclude: verb; not included, omitted;
Retailers have reason to cheer

exempt: verb; not required to do something or follow a rule; given a waiver;
Sgt. Harold R. Smith, WWII Home Front aircraft mechanic

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

upended: verb; disrupted to a large degree; turned over;
Go the extra mile - at home - to honor Memorial Day

Today In History

June 3

2016: Muhammad Ali, heavyweight champion of the world in 1964, 1974, and 1978 and 1960 Olympics gold medal winner in light heavyweight boxing, died. He was 74.

1904: Charles Richard Drew, African American physician who organized the blood bank system in the United States during WWII, was born in Washington, DC. He was killed in an automobile accident in 1950.

1880: Library of Congress: Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the first wireless telephone message on his newly invented photophone from the top of the Franklin School in Washington, D.C. Bell believed that the photophone was his most important invention. The device allowed the transmission of sound on a beam of light. Of the eighteen patents granted in Bell's name alone, and the twelve that he shared with his collaborators, four were for the photophone. The photophone functioned similarly to the telephone, except that the photophone used light as a means of projecting the information and the telephone relied on electricity.

1861: Stephen Douglas, U.S. senator from Illinois who debated Abraham Lincoln in 1858 in a series of debates now called the Lincoln-Douglas Debates and who lost to Lincoln in the 1860 presidential election, died in Chicago.

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