Sunday, July 1, 2012

Astronauts Return From International Space Station

Three of the astronauts aboard the International Space Station returned to earth Sunday.

NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, and Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers had been on board the ISS since December 2011.

They returned to earth via a Russian Soyuz capsule, landing in Kazakhstan.

During their time aboard they accepted the arrival of SpaceX's Dragon Capsule, the first commercial vehicle to dock with the station.

On July 14, three new crew members are scheduled to replace them.

Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin remain on board with NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, and are scheduled to come back to earth in September.

Spain Wins Euro 2012

In a less one sided match than it sounds, Spain took down Italy with a final score of 4-0.

Italy played the last twenty-seven minutes short handed, and until the final few minutes were still playing strong.

No matter what the did during the game, Spain just seemed to have the answer.

Spain showed themselves to be the better team, becoming the first team to win three Euro Cups in a row.

They left the game having not allowed a goal in more than 510 minutes.

One of the most notable things about the Spanish team, is that there is no super star, they are a team, rather than a single person back by his team.

The Spanish will likely be the team to beat for at least the next few years.

Turkey Scrambles Jets in Response to Syrian Aircraft

Less than a week after promising to do so, Turkey scrambled jets in response to approaching Syrian Aircraft.

On Sunday, Turkey said that during the course of Saturday there were three separate incidents.

In each case Turkey scrambled two jets in response to Syrian helicopters nearing the border.

Syrian forces did not cross the border, so there were no violent results.

Remembering: Canadian Independence

Throughout much of the 1800s Canadian dependence on Britain shrunk, and autonomy seemed more an eventuality.

Then in the 1860's, with much of the world focused on the civil war happening to the south, calls for secession from the empire began.

In 1864 the Maritime provinces held a conference to discuss forming their own country. Delegates from Ontario and Quebec came as well.

Later in the year, a second conference was held in Quebec, with talks increasingly focusing on how to have a peaceful secession from Britain.

The conferences resulted in a delegation being sent to London in 1866, to discuss things with the British government.

On July 1, 1867, through the British North America Act, Britain established the Dominion of Canada, a self governing country that was still part of the empire.