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Space News Archive - December 13, 2006

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The best meteor shower of the year peaks this week on Dec. 13th and 14th. The source of the Geminids is a mysterious object named 3200 Phaethon.

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Layers on Mars are yielding history lessons revealed by instruments flying overhead and rolling across the surface.

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Mars is showing scientists its older, craggier face buried beneath the surface, thanks to a pioneering sounding radar co-sponsored by NASA aboard the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter.

Word of the Day
edulcoration
  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
The word 'edulcoration' comes from a Latin word meaning 'making sweet'.