... and feeling refreshed and eager to jump into stories from this week. I’m always excited by stories about the sky or space, and it’s incredible to me how there is consistent coverage about these vast places that also have a Maine connection. This week, Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness is being recognized for its dark sky, designated as the first International Dark Sky Park in New England. It makes me feel like I’ve got to get there for some star gazing. Maybe I could even catch a glimpse of Mars.
Speaking of... China’s Mars rover landed successfully and is now sending back images of the red planet. If you’re wondering why there’s so much Mars activity recently, it’s because of the red planet's orbit and how close Mars is to Earth during this moment.
Are you all still trying to make a change as reemergence out of pandemic continues? NPR has some advice on that and BBC looks at how the conversation on race has progressed over the year.
Finally this week, take an new look at the mundane with This American Life’s, “Ode to Life’s Daily Practices.” Thanks, Ira.
Until next time,
Mark Simpson, News Director
Maine's 100-Mile Wilderness Designated As New England's First International Dark Sky Park
The park is expected to drive astronomy-based tourism and additional conservation in one of the darkest remaining night skies in the eastern U.S.
Check out Greenlight Maine’s “Elevating Voices” series on Maine Public Television this April and May. The series, hosted by Emmy-nominated Julene Gervais and Kenyan-born entrepreneur Alyne Cistone, shines a light on Maine entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds, highlighting the vast cultural and economic contributions they make throughout the state. Airing times are 8 p.m. Thursdays, 3 p.m. Fridays and 5:30 p.m. Sundays. This special series, appearing on Maine Public Television, is made possible by Maine Public’s members and through the generous support of Bangor Savings Bank.