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Chinese Students Use Hats to Social Distance

After the Coronavirus lockdown, students in China headed back to school. Social distancing is still important, so children at one school used creativity and a history lesson to keep a safe distance from each other.

In a city called Hangzhou in Eastern China, children at Yangzheng Elementary School made hats that have extensions on the sides. The “wings” span about 3.2 feet across. The students used balloons, birds, rainbows, and leaves to decorate the hats. One funny student added googly eyes to their creation while another was to be decked out as royalty with a crown on top of the cap.

The hats are a throwback to the Song Dynasty, who were the rulers of China between 960 and 1279. The founder of the dynasty, Emperor Taizu of Song, didn’t like the idea of people whispering when they got together, afraid they were plotting against him. He decided that adding long sticks to the sides of hats would stop people from getting to close and talking quietly. So, the original purpose of the hats was social distancing – and they can be used that way today, too!

NASA Teams Up With SpaceX for Mission

American astronauts are once again going to make a trek into space. This mission is the first time NASA will send astronauts to space from U.S. soil since 2011, and everyone is excited about the adventure. Lift off will occur on May 27 in Florida.

The travelers will ride in a Crew Dragon spacecraft and thrust into orbit by a Falcon 9 rocket. These spacecraft were created by SpaceX, a company founded in 2002. The purpose of the NASA-SpaceX partnership is to transport American astronauts to the International Space Station.

The Space Station is the biggest object in Earth’s orbit that was created by mankind. It is 357 feet long, and astronauts do experiments there. From 1981 to 2011, American-made shuttles took astronauts into orbit. Then, Americans depended on Russian Soyuz rockets to take them into orbit.

Now, America might be able to send its own astronauts using the Crew Dragon.

Mexicans Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, which translates to the fifth of May, celebrates a historic battle in Mexico. The day is also known as Battle of Puebla Day, and it commemorates when the Mexican army claimed victory over France on May 5, 1862.

In 1861, Benito Juarez became president of Mexico. The country owed a lot of money to European countries. Britain, France, and Spain sent navy ships to the town of Veracruz to get back some of that money. Britain and Spain made an agreement with Mexico, but France decided it was a good chance to claim the territory for itself.

Later that year, a French fleet brought soldiers to the area. Even though they were outnumbered and didn’t have many supplies, the Mexican troops resisted the French invasion. The battle only lasted for one day.

In Mexico, the festival might include military parades and re-enactments of the Battle of Puebla, but for most citizens, it is an ordinary day.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is more about celebrating Mexican heritage and culture than a battle. Today, people across the nation celebrate with Mariachi bands, parades, and traditional foods.

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