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Nagasaki on August 9, 2001

Mayor Itcho Ito of Nagasaki City read “The Nagasaki Peace Declaration” and warned that “the nuclear threat is now on the verge of expanding into space.” Ms. Sanae Ikeda, an atomic bomb survivor, gave a “Commitment to Peace” and a children’s choir sang “Kora no Mi Tamayo” (“The Spirit of Our Children”). Prime Minister Koizumi stated, “Being the only country ever to have experienced nuclear devastation, Japan observes its Peace Constitution, firmly maintaining the Three Non-Nuclear Principles. Japan is also continuing to appeal to the international community for the abolition of nuclear weapons and realization of a permanent peace so that the horror of nuclear weapons may never again be repeated.” Prime Minister Koizumi noted, “As regards the atomic bomb victims, I will continue to devote myself wholeheartedly to promoting support measures while taking into full consideration the circumstances of the atomic bomb victims who are advancing in years.” After the end of the ceremony, Prime Minister Koizumi went to Megumi no Oka, a nursing home in Nagasaki, and visited some of the patients. Nagasaki …

National Veterans Awareness Week November 2001

President George W. Bush, XLIII, proclaimed November 11, 2001, as Veterans Day. He encouraged all Americans to observe November 11 through November 17, 2001, as National Veterans Awareness Week. President George W. Bush, XLIII, 2001-2009                                                              Proclamation 7491–Veterans Day, 2001 October 30, 2001  Why Memorial Day is Different from Veterans Day    The Washington Post Anthem Veteran’s Memorial  WGN-TV Chicago

Pearl Harbor Memorial on December 7, 2001

President George Bush marked the 2001 anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by declaring December 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. He flew to Virginia to give a speech aboard the USS Enterprise. He focused mainly on the threat of terrorism, but commented on the current relationship of Japan and the United States saying, “Today our two navies are working side by side in the fight against terror. The bitterness of 60 years ago has passed away. The struggles of our war in the Pacific now belong to history.” transcript of President Bush’s speech from Washington Post USS ARIZONA  MEMORIAL  Oahu, Hawaii The state of Hawaii and local businesses helped 600 New York City police officers, fire and family members of victims of September 11 attend the Pearl Harbor memorial services. The USS Arizona Memorial was closed to the public for ceremonies for Pearl Harbor survivors, their families, and guests. Twenty-one survivors from the USS Arizona attended with other veterans of Pearl Harbor, many wearing garrison caps with their ships’ names. Flowers were …

9-11 Memorials

This page is a work in progress, but for now, here are some links: From Scholastic     Understanding September 11 From ALSC      Dealing with the Tragic Events of September 11, 2001 Talking to Children about 9-11 from the 9-11 memorial website Reaction to 9/11   History Channel article about the Unsung Hero of 9-11, Betty Ong 9-11 Memorial 9-11 Tribute Center Flight 93 National Memorial Pennsylvania National 9-11 Pentagon Memorial Tower of Lights in New York City Journey of Survivor Tree New York City last living thing to leave that site; pear tree the red envelope museum  

ISS International Space Station

image credit:  NASA   Facilities around the world support the operation and management of the International Space Station.    The United States., Russia, Canada, Japan, and the participating countries of the European Space Agency launched the International Space Station (ISS) in 1998. It is the largest space station ever constructed. Additions continue to be assembled in orbit. Astronauts from 15 countries have visited the ISS to date. It is a growing international collaboration. For more information about the International Space Station check here. Follow The International Space Station on Facebook. To view the ISS in the night sky check NASA Skywatch Sightings at Spot the Station videos from the ISS and a musical about the ISS can be found at the ISS Video Library Search for the video Story Time from Space Story Time From Space video can also be found on Youtube Story Time from Space a non-profit education foundation NASA Kids’ Club PBS list of Space Books  

Mamoru Mohri, Japan’s First Astronaut

image credit:  NASA Mamoru Mohri (spelling used on NASA site) was Japan’s first astronaut on STS-47, Spacelab-J, a cooperative venture between the United States and Japan, September 12-20, 1992. The crew conducted 44 experiments in life sciences and materials processing. Astronaut Mohri  performed experiments that were televised to children in classrooms in Japan. From Feb. 11-22, 2000, he was a mission specialist as part of the international crew aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-99. The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission mapped more than 47 million miles of the Earth’s land surface. In an interview with Tokyo Weekender in 2001, he was asked about the inspiration for televising experiments to classrooms. He said he included the educational program as a tribute to Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher in space who perished in the NASA Challenger tragedy in 1986. Astronaut Mohri’s first televised experiment was a demonstration of weightlessness of an apple because Christa McAuliffe used an apple in her logo for her space classroom and in her NASA patch. Mamoru Mohri is now the director of the National …

Chiaki Mukai, Japan’s First Woman Astronaut

image credit :  NASA Chiaki Mukai was selected as a payload specialist for the International Microgravity Laboratory on board the space shuttle Columbia in July 1994. She became the first woman Japanese astronaut. During her second flight in 1998, she served on board the Discovery with John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth (1962). He said Mukai had “more energy than anyone I know of.” On the seventh day on Discovery, during a conversation with Japan’s Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi and Yutaka Takeyama, the head of the Science and Technology Agency by communication link, Chiaki Mukai read a poem that she had written about being in space: chuugaeri                                                                                                                                             nandomo dekiru                                                                                                                            mujuuryoku weightlessness                                                                                                                                 turn space somersaults                                                                                                                       as many times as I like (translation from JAXA site) The National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) asked the Japanese public to think of two lines with seven syllables to finish her poem making it a tanka with an overall rhythm of 5-7-5-7-7. NASDA also asked the public to come up with a name for her teddy …

Space View of New York City on September 11, 2001

image and text credit:  NASA Visible from space, a smoke plume rises from the Manhattan area after two planes crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center. This photo was taken of metropolitan New York City (and other parts of New York as well as New Jersey) the morning of September 11, 2001. “Our prayers and thoughts go out to all the people there, and everywhere else,” said Station Commander Frank Culbertson of Expedition 3, after the terrorists’ attacks. The following day, he posted a public letter that captured his initial thoughts of the events as they unfolded. “The world changed today. What I say or do is very minor compared to the significance of what happened to our country today when it was attacked.” Upon further reflection, Culbertson said, “It’s horrible to see smoke pouring from wounds in your own country from such a fantastic vantage point. The dichotomy of being on a spacecraft dedicated to improving life on the earth and watching life being destroyed by such willful, terrible acts is jolting …