We hope the display helps shrink a cultural blind spot. You sometimes hear people grousing that the space program has brought no practical benefits -- while scarcely an hour goes by when those people aren't using services that rely on satellites.
There are roughly 3,600 satellites in orbit, about 1,000 of them operational. As the
Satellites give us the GPS systems used so widely that many of us seldom touch paper maps anymore. They make possible instantaneous news reports from the other side of the world. They are crucial to coordinating financial markets and far-flung business operations. They allow us to watch the planet and monitor the environment with unprecedented exactness. They improve weather forecasting and let meteorologists watch killer storms develop far out to sea, saving thousands of lives a year.
All of this would have seemed like science fiction before the
We hope the upcoming
Many important archaeological finds were made by accident. You can add to the list the foundations uncovered by excavators who in May were digging around
Instead, on the site of the former Scott's Plantation, they found the remains of the biggest known slave barrack in
Scott's Plantation, also known as Belvoir, was the home of
The excavation is a fascinating relic of this area's heritage -- and a reminder the Revolutionary War, and the later war Key would chronicle so memorably, didn't bring freedom to people who got nothing in return for decades of labor that made other people prosperous.
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