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CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

updated 6:08 PM EDT, Tue April 17, 2012
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(CNN Student News) -- April 18, 2012

Media Literacy Question of the Day

Why might TV stations decide to broadcast some events live (as they happen) but not others? What might stations need to consider when deciding whether to broadcast a live event?

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Daily Discussion Questions

Now that the shuttle program has ended, what arrangement does NASA have to continue sending astronauts into space? What is the cost of this arrangement? How do you think it might compare to turning the U.S. space program over to private corporations or building a new manned space program through NASA? What do you think are the benefits and drawbacks of manned space travel?

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What is NASA planning to do with the retired space shuttle fleet? How do you think that NASA and the Smithsonian are preparing Discovery for final display? If you could design a museum exhibit that includes a space shuttle, what elements would you include in the design? Would you want to visit a space shuttle exhibit? Why or why not?

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What announcement did Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard make with regard to Australian troops in Afghanistan? According to the report, what conditions may have lead to Gillard's announcement? How do you think that other NATO countries, Afghan residents, Australian troops and Australian citizens might react to this announcement? What factors do you think countries consider before deciding whether to commit troops to or remove them from a NATO operation?

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What circumstances lead to a physics professor delivering a four-page paper to a judge? What do you think were the potential benefits and risks of such an action? How was this case resolved? In your opinion, what unique circumstances factored in to this resolution?

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