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Space News Archive - December 11, 2006

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The small open star cluster Pismis 24 lies in the core of the large emission nebula NGC 6357 in Sagittarius, about 8,000 light-years away from Earth.

By ALICIA CHANG Associated Press writer LOS ANGELES -- For decades, scientists have scoured Mars in search of water, a basic ingredient for primitive life. But the best clues were always tied to the ancient past when the Red Planet was warmer and wetter.

Word of the Day
dynamitard
  • A political dynamiter.
The word 'dynamitard' is related to 'dynamite', which comes from a Greek root meaning 'power' and was coined by Alfred Nobel.