Monthly Archives: Nov 2015

Honoring Our Veterans

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”                                                                                                                                    — Abraham Lincoln

Today, November 11th, CuriosityStream would like to honor and pay respect to all the men and women who have served our country. Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day, celebrated on the first anniversary of the end of fighting in World War I. In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson commemorated November 11th with the following words:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

But while Wilson’s words honored “those who died,” the holiday we now call Veterans Day honors the men and women, both living and deceased, who served in our nation’s armed forces during war or peacetime. President Dwight D. Eisenhower made that change in 1954, to honor all vets, and soon after, Congress officially changed the name of the holiday, replacing Armistice with Veterans. And it has been that way ever since.

Take some time today to honor our veterans by watching the documentary WWI: Hidden Traces, for new insight from the first World War.   A century later, archaeologists have helped bring to light the unexpected details of the daily lives of soldiers on the front line.  Here is a preview:

 

To all our veterans today… thank you.

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Moon Man… Or Woman?

What do you get when you lock 6 female, Russian cosmonauts in a mock spaceship for over a week? The answer: an experiment further drawing attention to Russia’s growing interesting a lunar landing. The Russian Federal Space Agency announced that a mission to the moon is planned for 2029. And as part of that effort, a crew of 6 Russian women just emerged from an 8-day mock spaceflight, the first test of its kind featuring an all-female crew. Each of the six volunteer scientists has a background in medicine or biophysics. They performed over 30 experiments during the simulated flight, and dealt with curveballs including bad weather simulations that delayed their “re-entry” by a day. Russia is taking a page from its own history books. The first woman in space was from the Soviet Union. Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshlova spent almost 3 days in orbit in 1963, at the height of the US-Soviet space race.

Of course, the Unites States put the first humans on the moon. July 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface as the dramatic moment beamed live around the world. The mission is still referred to as one of mankind’s greatest technological achievements.

The Smithsonian’s Dr. Roger Launius, formerly NASA’s chief historian, paints a picture of Apollo 11’s extraordinary crew, and tells the story behind those famous words etched in the history books.

For the complete history behind all of NASA’s Moon Missions, from Apollo 1 to Apollo 17, search for Moonshots on CuriosityStream . For the first time, see the dramatic events in 4K and HD original footage taken by the astronauts during the most iconic space voyages in history.

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