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Space News Archive - August 06, 2006

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The weather outside was frightful: hot, humid and layered with a haze of pollution so thick it seemed it could be cut with a machete -- a perfect day to use balloons and a satellite to monitor some bad air.

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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