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NASA Image of the Day

A Starry Sky Above the Earth's Atmospheric Glow

Posted on Thursday August 06, 2020

This long-exposure photograph captures a starry sky above the Earth's atmospheric glow.

This Day in History

Gertrude Ederle Becomes First Woman to Swim across the English Channel (1926)

Posted on Thursday August 06, 2020

Only five men had managed to swim across the 35-mile (56-km) English Channel by the time Ederle became the first woman to make the trip. On her second attempt, the 19-year-old Olympic medalist from America made the swim from France to England in 14 hours and 31 minutes—beating the male record-holder by two hours. Hours before Ederle reached England, the weather deteriorated. A supporter following her by boat called out and urged her to get out of the water. What was Ederle's reply? Discuss

Word of the Day


Posted on Thursday August 06, 2020

Definition: (noun) A small wooded hollow.
Synonyms: dell.
Usage: For no reason but that his fancy led him, he … walked down the grassy sunny slope of the open meadow, and so came to the little dingle.

Daily Quote

Charles Darwin

Posted on Thursday August 06, 2020

To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact. Discuss

Born Today

Lucille Désirée Ball (1911)

Posted on Thursday August 06, 2020

Ball was the star of the tremendously popular 1950s television show I Love Lucy. Prior to her superstardom, Ball appeared in many B-movies, earning the nickname "Queen of the B's." With her rasping voice and a comic persona alternately brassy and feminine, she became the preeminent female star of the early decades of television. She and costar Desi Arnaz, married in real life and on I Love Lucy, divorced after the show ended. In what other shows and films did Ball appear? Discuss

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