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Space News Archive - October 26, 2003

For those wishing to tour another solar system, Jupiter is a close simulation. Jupiter's moon, Io, is definitely out of this world.Astrobio Magazine -- The diameter of Jupiter's volcanic moon, Io, could fit within the footprint of the continental United States--about 2,175 miles across.

Word of the Day
postliminy
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.