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Space News Archive - March 22, 2006

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In human years, Spirit and Opportunity are baby boomers -- in their 50s and 60s. In dog years, they are over 350 years old! The rovers "keep on keeping on" despite having a range of problems.

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Astronomers have discovered a unique "brown dwarf" right in our solar neighborhood. If your city were the galaxy, it would be like finding someone you didn't know about living upstairs in your house, one of the discoverers said.

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According to the UN, safe drinking water remains inaccessible for about 1.1 billion people in the world. To address this global dilemma, the UN Millennium Development pledged at the World Summit in Johannesburg in 2002 to reduce by half the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water by 2015.

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NASA's Space Technology 5 successfully launched today at 9:04 a.m. EST, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on a Pegasus XL rocket.

Lost chemical canisters and some suspect handrails will prevent astronauts on the International Space Station from doing any spacewalking in the near future, a NASA manager said on Wednesday.

Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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