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Space News Archive - March 20, 2006

MOSCOW, March 20 - Crew on board the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday took a short flight in their Soyuz craft to free up a docking bay for their replacements arriving later this month, Russian mission control said.

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In Star Wars and Star Trek movies, people travel between planets and galaxies with ease. But our future in space is far from assured. It doesn't seem possible that the human body could withstand extended exposure to the harsh radiation of outer space.

Move over, Superman, with your X-ray vision. Marine scientists have now figured out a way to "see through" the ocean's surface and detect what's below, with the help of satellites in space.

Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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