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Space News Archive - December 08, 2006

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Meteoroids are smashing into the Moon a lot more often than anyone expected. If correct, this conclusion could influence planning for future moon missions.

By Warren E. Leary Pictures of Martian gullies taken several years apart strongly suggest that water still flows at least occasionally on the surface of the planet, scientists have announced.

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NASA will decide whether to try a Saturday night launch of space shuttle Discovery at a crucial morning meeting before fueling the spacecraft.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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