Lady Liberty Gets a Little Sister
Lady Liberty has graced the harbor of New York City for generations, where she has welcomed immigrants and reminded folks that America is a melting pot of humanity. The statue was a gift from France in 1886. It is made of copper and was designed by sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. Now, France is reaching out one more time in a gesture of friendship 135 years later by sending a mini-Lady Liberty. The copper replica, called Little Sister, weighs 992 pounds and stands ten feet tall.
Emerging from the worldwide pandemic, France is again reaching out to solidify America as an ally. As Lady Liberty did in 1886, the little sister will board a ship at Port of Le Havre on June 19. It will sail past the Statue of Liberty on July , but this statue will end up in Washington, D.C., to stay for ten years at the French ambassador’s home.
President Biden’s First G7 Summit
President Joe Biden joined the leaders of the world’s seven wealthiest democratic nations in Carbis Bay, England, this past week. The group met to talk about managing the world out of the COVID-19 pandemic, helping poorer countries with vaccines to combat the virus, and to agree on taxation rates at the G-7 summit. The G-7 is named for the Group of Seven nations: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This summit was the first meeting in more than two years.
During the three-day summit in southwest England, vaccinating the world’s entire population was a top priority. In addition, China’s human rights issues were scrutinized. During a special royal reception, prime ministers and presidents visited Queen Elizabeth II, enjoyed steak and lobster on the beach, and were treated to an aeronautic display by the Royal Air Force Red Arrows. It was a grand mixture of world business and a bit of fun for the attendees and staff.
But beyond the summit, kept at bay behind barbed wire and fences, were protesters. One protest organizer, Max Lawson of the international aid group Oxfam, was not happy about the leaders’ decisions. He told reporters: “Faced with the biggest health emergency in a century and a climate catastrophe that is destroying our planet, they have completely failed to meet the challenges of our times.”
Cargo Delivery in Less Than an Hour?
The United States Space Force wants to use rockets to transport cargo anywhere on Earth in less than an hour. The goal of the Space Force is to be able to transport up to 100 tons of cargo to a wide range of locations. Dropping off medical supplies and equipment in warzones is one application. Teaming up with the privately-held SpaceX, Space Force wants to develop reusable rockets that can land and take back off – or perhaps simply air-drop needed provisions.
If the Space Force can transport artillery and tanks to hotspot warzones and such, what other uses of rocket transport could there be? Millions. Vital medical supplies, like respirators and personal protective equipment, ran short during the pandemic. Imagine being able to resupply any hospital in the world in an hour. What about transport of donated organs, which only last a limited time? Or perhaps food and water in natural disaster areas that sometimes are isolated for weeks when Mother Nature brings her worst? Perhaps this futuristic technology isn’t as far away as we may have thought.