Water on the Moon?
We’ve known about water on the moon for a long time. But scientists have found more areas with water, and this is exciting news to NASA. Casey Honniball at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland said, “Water is central to human life but is expensive to launch into space. Finding water on the moon may mean we can utilize the water that is there versus bringing the water with us.” This is important, as exploring further out into space has become a new focus for the U.S.
In 1971, water vapor was discovered on the moon. In 2009, the first evidence that there was ice on the surface was discovered. Back then, we thought that water could only be found in shadowy places where sunlight does not reach. Now, however, scientists have found water in sunlit areas.
Chief Exploration Scientist for NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate said, “Understanding where the water is will help us determine where to send Artemis astronauts on the moon.”
A Horde of Voters
This has been a hectic year. Americans suddenly found themselves self-quarantined in their own homes, forced to wear masks in public, and avoid gatherings. The economy crashed as millions of people lost their jobs and businesses closed. Then the riots started – and now we have the presidential election.
With all these issues to think about – and more – it’s no wonder people are anxious to cast their votes. Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day, yet already more than 73 million Americans have voted. This shows just how important this year’s decisions are to the people.
The number of people who have voted early is impressive – it is already more than half of the votes that were counted in the 2016 election when Donald Trump was elected. According to the United States Elections Project, more than 48 million voters sent in mail-in ballots while 24 million voted in person. In August, the Pew Research Center released a poll that said Americans feel the stakes are higher this election year; about 83% of those polled shared this concern. In comparison, 20 years ago only about half of those questioned said it mattered who won the presidency.
Happy Halloween – But Keep Your Distance!
This Saturday is Halloween – but the regular activities we are all used to doing might not be available due to the pandemic. Many cities and states are not outright forbidding trick-or-treating, but they have cautioned against it and warned that anyone participating will need to wear masks and practice social distancing. Starting with the things that have been canceled or altered:
Los Angeles County, California: Residents here, unfortunately, will not be allowed to have any large gatherings, not even outside. Haunted houses are not allowed either, neither are carnivals. Disneyland’s Oogie Boogie Bash was canceled as well.
Denver, Colorado: The Haunted Trail Adventure will not be available this year.
Orlando, Florida: Theme park celebrations such as Disney’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights will be closed.
New York, New York: This year there will not be the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade – the largest event in the country.
Arlington, Texas: Six Flags Over Texas theme park may not have haunted houses, scary mazes, or indoor shows going on, but it will still be open and have a Halloween theme.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Feargrounds will be open with updated safety measures against the virus, and a scary movie drive-in events are being considered.