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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
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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