New Hampshire Primary
The United States is choosing people to run in the next election, which will be in November. President Trump is in the Republican Party, but the Democrat Party needs to choose someone to run against him. Democrat candidates are competing in the caucus and primary process to decide who will get to run in the election.
After last week’s disaster in the Iowa Caucus, Democratic Party nominees hoped for smooth sailing in the New Hampshire Primary on February 11. Luckily there was less confusion this time, and the winner was Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Second was former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar came third.
Others didn’t do so well, and two dropped out of the race because of poor results. As time goes on, more candidates will be forced to admit defeat and the race will be narrowed down to a single victor. The Democrat who wins will finally get to compete against Trump to become the next president.
Acquitted Trump Campaigning for 2020 Election
Last week, President Donald Trump was acquitted (found not guilty) by the Senate in the impeachment trial.
The bad publicity around the impeachment may have affected Trump’s chances to win the next election, but the president appears ready to fight for a second term. While the Democrat primaries are getting lots of attention, most people think Trump will be the Republican nominee for president in the 2020 election. The president has so far won both in the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary.
On the evening before voters headed to the polls, the president held a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire. He spoke of his achievements and mocked his Democrat opponents. On the day of the primary, the president tweeted:
“Great being in New Hampshire last night. I would say that was the biggest political Rally in New Hampshire history. Incredible evening!”
Mission to the Sun
The sun is the center of our solar system and the main source of energy for life on Earth – but how much do scientists know about this star? Astronomers are hoping to learn more about the sun with a mission that launched on Sunday, February 9.
The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA), worked together to launch a Solar Orbiter craft. The Solar Orbiter aims to study the sun up close and give scientists their first-ever look at its north and south poles. However, it will take two years for the craft to arrive in the correct position to start measuring solar activity.
The orbiter not only needs to measure extremely high temperatures, but the craft itself needs super high-tech heat shields. Dr. Michelle Sprake said that some parts are made “out of baked animal bones” to deal with the sun’s heat.
Scientists want to discover what drives the star and how this impacts the Earth. The magnetic forces of the sun affect Earth’s satellites, electricity grids, and even radio signals.
For more information, check out this video by NASA and the ESA: