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Emily LakdawallaAugust 21, 2012

August 22, 2012 officially proclaimed "Space Day" in California

I've never understood what proclamations like this are good for, but I love the word "whereas," and it's cool that the Governor of California has chosen to proclaim tomorrow "Space Day." If you live in California, make sure that you say "happy Space Day" to everyone you see tomorrow!

From http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=17684

8-21-2012

PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

WHEREAS, the challenge and the promise of outer space unites all of humanity in a shared sense of curiosity, hope and wonderment; and

WHEREAS, our quest to explore space has yielded innumerable advances in technology, engineering and every scientific field; and

WHEREAS, California’s universities, research institutions and aerospace businesses have made the Golden State a world leader in space science and exploration; and

WHEREAS, space satellites have brought us all closer together by enabling telecommunications and gathering remote-sensing imagery to map the entire surface of the earth; and

WHEREAS, the recent mission of the Mars Science Laboratory, which has successfully landed the rover Curiosity on Mars, represents a significant step forward in our journey to the stars; and

WHEREAS, the leadership of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of California Institute of Technology has been central to the success of Curiosity’s mission; and

WHEREAS, the new images of the Red Planet sent home by Curiosity and the technological genius inherent in the mission have captivated the world’s imagination and reinvigorated our commitment to reach for the stars;

NOW THEREFORE I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim August 22, 2012, as Space Day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 21st day of August 2012.

___________________________________
EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
Governor of California

ATTEST:

___________________________________
DEBRA BOWEN
Secretary of State

Tip of the hat to Charlene Anderson.

Read more: fun, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

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