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Space News Archive - July 20, 2008

By Jennie Rodriguez, The Record, Stockton, Calif. Jul. 20--LODI -- Stockton astronaut Jose Hernandez is back in Houston, training for his first shuttle mission next year.

Text of report by corporate-owned Russian military news agency Interfax-AVN website Baykonur (Kazakhstan), 16 July: The discontinuation of military units and the transfer of [Russian] Defence Ministry facilities located at the Baykonur space launch site to enterprises of the Russian space rocket sector will be completed in the autumn of this year.

NASA officials have begun negotiations to purchase a transfer spacecraft from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, a Japanese newspaper reports. The Yomiuri Shimbun said Sunday the U.S.

MOONIES founder Rev Sun Myung Moon was injured in a helicopter crash in South Korea yesterday. Moon, leader of the Unification Church - known popularly as the Moonies - was among 14 people injured in the accident. Members of his family, including his wife, were also hurt.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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