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Letter: Trivia overshadows space exploration

Bright lights illuminate the United Launch Alliance Delta

Bright lights illuminate the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, with NASA's Orion spacecraft mounted on top, in the early hours of Friday morning, Dec. 5, 2014, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo Credit: Getty Images / NASA, Bill Ingalls

America's new manned spacecraft had a successful test flight but was overshadowed in the media by the latest celebrity news, whether it be about Miley Cyrus or the royal family's visit ["Orion test flight a success," News, Dec. 6]. Despite all the concern expressed about the dumbing down of our nation, it is very discouraging to me as an educator to see that things haven't changed much at all.

Joseph F. Russo, Bethpage

Editor's note: The writer is a teacher at the Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary in Elmhurst.


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