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Space News Archive - December 20, 2008

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Space Exploration Technologies Corp announced the arrival of the Falcon 9 first stage flight tank at SpaceX's newest launch site, Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40), in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Dec 18.

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Servicing Mission 4 to the Hubble Space Telescope is currently on track for a mid-May 2009 launch based on a successful Pre-Environmental Readiness Review (PERR) held December 16 at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center for the flight spare Science Instrument Command and Data Handling (SI/C&DH).

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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