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NASA Image of the Day

Ellen Ochoa Shakes Hands with First Humanoid Robot to Head to Station

Posted on Tuesday September 22, 2020

Then-NASA Johnson Space Center deputy director Ellen Ochoa poses for a photo with Robonaut 2 (R2) during media day in the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility on Aug. 4, 2010.

This Day in History

The Lewis and Clark Expedition Returns (1806)

Posted on Wednesday September 23, 2020

In May 1804, about 40 men left St. Louis, Missouri, and headed west on an expedition initiated by US President Thomas Jefferson to search out an overland route to the Pacific Ocean, make contact with indigenous peoples, and survey the new Louisiana Purchase. More than two years later, the party returned to great acclaim. Their journey had an incalculable effect on the history of the American West. Who accompanied the explorers and helped them negotiate with the Native Americans they encountered? Discuss

Word of the Day


Posted on Wednesday September 23, 2020

Definition: (adjective) Causing irritation or annoyance.
Synonyms: annoying, bothersome, galling, irritating, nettlesome, pesky, pestering, plaguey, teasing, pestiferous.
Usage: Our new acquaintance had become involved in a vexatious difficulty with his pipe which had suddenly betrayed his trust and disappointed his anticipation of self-indulgence.

Daily Quote

George Bernard Shaw

Posted on Wednesday September 23, 2020

There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem. Discuss

Born Today

John Coltrane (1926)

Posted on Wednesday September 23, 2020

Coltrane was an influential American jazz saxophonist and composer. He worked with numerous big bands before emerging in the 1950s as a major stylist while playing with Miles Davis. His playing exhibited a dazzling technical brilliance as well as ardent emotion. Coltrane made a number of influential recordings, among them the 1960s classics My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. He was deeply spiritual and interested in all religions. What church made him a saint after his death? Discuss

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