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Cargo Delivery in Less Than an Hour?

The United States Space Force wants to use rockets to deliver cargo anywhere on Earth in less than an hour. The Space Force hopes to transport up to 100 tons to a wide range of locations. Dropping off medical supplies and equipment in warzones is one idea. Teaming up with the company SpaceX, Space Force wants to develop reusable rockets that can land and take back off — or rockets that can just air-drop the needed supplies and keep going.

Military.com recently reported that Space Force is asking for $47.9 million. That money will be used to test whether cargo can be delivered anywhere on Earth in an hour or less. General Carlton D. Everhart II used to be head of Air Mobility Command — he said the idea was first suggested five years ago, but people thought he was crazy.

If the Space Force can transport military supplies to warzones, what other uses of rocket transport could there be? Millions. Vital medical supplies ran short during the COVID pandemic. Imagine being able to resupply any hospital in the world in an hour. What about transportation of donated organs, which only last for a limited time? Or perhaps food and water in natural disaster areas? Maybe this technology is closer than we thought.

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.

Olivier Faron from the National Museum of Arts and Crafts (CNAM), is the man behind the latest gift. “The statue symbolizes freedom and the light around all the world,” he explained. “We want to send a very simple message: Our friendship with the United States is very important, particularly at this moment. We have to conserve and defend our friendship.”

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 1, before travelling to Washington, D.C., where it will live for the next ten years.

President Biden’s First G7 Summit

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President Joe Biden joined the leaders of the world’s seven wealthiest democratic nations for the G-7 summit in Carbis Bay, England. The G-7 is the “Group of Seven” elite countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This meeting was the first one in more than two years.

During the three-day summit in southwest England, vaccinating the world’s entire population was a top priority. 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.

Mr. Biden said the event was “extraordinary” and a “productive meeting.” He added that “America’s back in the business of leading the world alongside nations who share our most deeply held values.”

Outside the security barriers, protesters gathered. One protest organizer, Max Lawson of the 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.”

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