A Bit of Good News - Be humble for you are made of earth
September 14, 2023 - Vol. 2, Issue 35
Imagine living amongst the stars
On Monday, NASA astronaut Frank Rubio broke the record for the longest journey in space by an American: a whopping 355 consecutive days.
Rubio, Expedition 69's flight engineer, has been living on the International Space Station since last September. Once he returns to Earth on the 27th, he will have spent more than a year in space.
"Frank Rubio's journey in space embodies the essence of exploration. As he breaks records as the longest serving @NASA US astronaut in space, he also paves the way for future generations of astronauts. Your dedication is truly out of this world, Frank!" NASA administrator Bill Nelson wrote on X.
In case you're wondering, the Earth record for the longest time in space was set by Russian cosmonaut Valeri Vladimirovich Polyakov. He spent 437.7 consecutive days on the Russian space station Mir between 1994 and 1995.
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I will be a joy, Scout's honor!
Scout been abused at some point in his life -- even shot in the face -- and he had no family. But this stray dog didn't want to live in an animal shelter or wait for someone to come and adopt him. So he escaped from his pen, scaled a 10-foot chain-link fence, scrambled over a 6-foot privacy fence, crossed a highway and made himself at home at the Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility in Bellaire, Mich.
At first, the staff were surprised to see him, lying on a couch as if he belonged there. Then, they sent him back to the shelter. But Scout just knew this was his place, so he broke out of the shelter twice more and made the perilous journey back to the long-term medical care residence for seniors. Upon his third appearance, the staff decided to adopt Scout and give him the run of the place.
Now, not only is Scout safe and cared for, he brings joy to the residents who live in the center and the staff who work there. What a good (and brave) dog!
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A bit of happiness on a hard day
Ava Johnson baked a cake for her 9th birthday party. But early in the morning of her special day, her family's home in Laconia, N.H., caught on fire.
Ava's parents woke to the very loud shriek of the smoke alarms and managed to get all five of their kids out of the house. But the firefighters who responded to the blaze not only put out the flames, they threw the little girl a proper birthday party as well.
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Love in the Summer of '23
Public Service Announcement
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
* Staring at the night sky
* Greeting the moon
* Making a wish on the first star you see
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Space travel is life-enhancing, and anything that's life-enhancing is worth doing. It makes you want to live forever." --Ray Bradbury
MOMENT OF GRATITUDE
Thank you to NASA, Unsplash, Space.com, YouTube, X, Bill Nelson, the New Mexico Museum of Space History, Smithsonian Magazine, USA Today, the Detroit Free Press, The Laconia Daily Sun, WMUR-TV, Instagram, Life With Pigs, The National Association of the Deaf, David Dibert and Deposit Photos for inspiration, art and story suggestions.
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