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NASA loves to keep us on our toes!

The launch date was set back once more to November 11th 2016. We are feeling really good about this date because it happens to fall on Veteran’s day. This might bring us a bit of luck for a more stable/secured launch date as our mission was funded by the Department of Defense to help find alternative/additional solutions for our wounded soldiers/vets.

Veterans Day, not to be confused with the upcoming Memorial Day, celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service. Many countries around the world also celebrate November 11th as a remembrance day, marking the anniversary of the end of World War I.

On this day, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month on 1918,  chief conflicts of World War I were formally ended. Exactly one year later, President Woodrow Wilson declared to his compatriots that this day would henceforth be celebrated as Veteran’s day, “…a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”

Years later, a veteran of World War II, Raymond Weeks, had the idea to exand Armistice Day to include all U.S. Veterans. With the support of President Dwight Eisenhower, in 1954, congress amended the bill to replace ‘Armistice’ with ‘Veterans’ and thus Veteran’s Day was recognized.

So with respect to our brave veterans, past and present, and the upcoming holiday, thank you for your service and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!



Written by Sandra Milescu

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Carl Pinkham