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Space News Archive - September 04, 2006

SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) - Malaysia plans to push the boundaries of space travel, by making a cup of tea. Malaysia will send its first astronaut into the heavens aboard a Russian rocket next year and attempt for the first time to make the nation's favorite hot drink, teh tarik, in space.

DARMSTADT, Germany (Reuters) - Europe's first probe to the moon has provided key information that will pave the way for future inter-planetary missions and shed light on the earth's violent origins, scientists said on Monday.

NASA managers had their fingers crossed on Monday in hopes that this week's planned launch of the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis will go ahead after a week's delay due to a lightning strike and a storm.

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NASA is preparing to send astronauts back to the Moon and on even longer journeys to Mars. With crews out in space for extended periods of time, the chances go way up that they'll be caught in the middle of a storm.

Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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