This is part of ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,’ an art installation created by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of World War I. Crafted of thousands of ceramic poppies, the touring exhibit has been seen by more than 4 million people in 16 locations around the United Kingdom. One large section of the installation, ‘Wave,’ is currently at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, England, which is where our image was photographed. We’re showing it today to honor Armistice Day, the day exactly 100 years ago when the Allied Forces and Germany signed an armistice that ended the war. The US renamed the holiday Veterans Day in 1954 to honor veterans of all its wars. To the roughly 20 million veterans in the US today–thank you.
The end of World Space Week today comes with a message of hope. Fifty-one years ago, the pact known as the Outer Space Treaty went into effect. The US, UK, and USSR were the first parties to the treaty and at least 107 other nations have since joined them, with additional countries working on ratification. The treaty establishes ‘space law’—in essence, an agreement that space exploration should only be for the benefit of all of humanity. No weapons of mass destruction can be placed on the moon, or any other orbiting body.
This photo of Saturn was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, a craft that was launched by NASA, but, in the spirit of space law, has a ground team that works on finding new and innovative ways to share Hubble’s data around the world.
The United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, known as the EU referendum in the United Kingdom, was an ongoing plebiscite finally taking place on 23 June 2016. Membership of the European Union has been a topic of debate in the United Kingdom since the country joined the European Economic Community in 1973.
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The referendum resulted in an overall vote to leave the EU, by 51.9% to 48.1%. However, the vote was split between the constituent countries of the United Kingdom, with England and Wales voting to leave, and Scotland and Northern Ireland voting to remain. In response to the result, the Scottish Government announced on 24 June 2016 that officials would plan for a “highly likely” second referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. Financial markets reacted negatively to the outcome: share prices fell drastically, as did the value of the Pound sterling (5–10% during the initial hours after the decision). The referendum was connected to internal fighting within the governing Conservative party, and the Prime Minister stated he will resign as his side lost the referendum.