Daily Bread for 7.29.15 – 2017

Good morning, Whitewater.

Wednesday will bring scattered morning thunderstorms to Whitewater, with gradual clearing in the afternoon, and a high of eighty-three. Sunrise is 5:43 and sunset 8:18, for 14h 34m 54s of daytime. The moon is a waxing gibbous with 94.8% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1958, Congress votes for a space agency:

…the U.S. Congress passes legislation establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a civilian agency responsible for coordinating America’s activities in space. NASA has since sponsored space expeditions, both human and mechanical, that have yielded vital information about the solar system and universe. It has also launched numerous earth-orbiting satellites that have been instrumental in everything from weather forecasting to navigation to global communications.

NASA was created in response to the Soviet Union’s October 4, 1957 launch of its first satellite, Sputnik I. The 183-pound, basketball-sized satellite orbited the earth in 98 minutes. The Sputnik launch caught Americans by surprise and sparked fears that the Soviets might also be capable of sending missiles with nuclear weapons from Europe to America. The United States prided itself on being at the forefront of technology, and, embarrassed, immediately began developing a response, signaling the start of the U.S.-Soviet space race.

Among NASA’s many current projects is the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (in orbit around the moon since 2009). Below is a video describing how NASA controls the orbiter:

Here’s today’s game from Puzzability, part of their Showstoppers series:

This Week’s Game — July 27-31
Showstoppers
It’s curtains for us this week. For each day, we started with the title of a Broadway musical’s Act I closing number and replaced all the letters in each word—except the last letter—with asterisks. The name of the musical is presented the same way in parentheses.
Example:
******G ******Y (*****D)
Answer:
“Defying Gravity” (Wicked)
What to Submit:
Submit the song title and the musical’s title (as “Defying Gravity (Wicked)” in the example) for your answer.
Wednesday, July 29
*E *O *******R (*****E)

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