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Space News Archive - December 22, 2006

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A new, stunning image of the cosmic spider, the Tarantula Nebula and its surroundings, finally pays tribute to this amazing, vast and intricately sculpted web of stars and gas. It can be seen far down in the southern sky at a distance of about 170,000 light-years.

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Discovery landed safely at 5:32 p.m. EST on Dec. 22 at Kennedy Space Center, bringing STS-116’s successful mission to the International Space Station to an end. The astronauts continued the on-orbit construction of the station and delivered a new Expedition 14 crew member.

Word of the Day
saggar
  • A ceramic container used inside a fuel-fired kiln to protect pots from the flame.
The word 'saggar' may come from 'safeguard'.
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