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Leo Tolstoy

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Space Shuttle Challenger Breaks Apart

Seventy-three seconds into its launch, the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated, killing everyone on board. Investigators concluded that a failed O-ring, a rubber seal located in the right booster engine, caused a chain reaction that resulted in the external tank's structural failure and the orbiter's ultimate disintegration. The tragic event was captured on film, and many children viewed the launch live because schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe was on board. Why was she on the shuttle?



Street Art

Street art is any art developed in public spaces and includes traditional graffiti, stencil graffiti, sticker art, video projections, street installations, and posters. Though it usually refers to art of an illicit nature, the term is used to distinguish contemporary public-space artwork from territorial graffiti, vandalism, and corporate art. Some street artists have even achieved mainstream recognition and commercial success. Who are some prominent street artists?

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José Martí

A poet as well as a man of action, Martí was a writer and revolutionary who dedicated his life to the cause of Cuban independence. At the age of 16, he was arrested for treason and exiled to Spain. He returned to Cuba in 1878, only to be exiled again two years later. He fled to the US and founded the Cuban Revolutionary party, but he was killed mere months after proclaiming the uprising that would lead to Cuban independence. Martí's "Versos Sencillos" serve as the lyrics of what famous song?

Last updated on Wednesday, 28th January 2009

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