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Space News Archive - July 27, 2008

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Wealthy tourists may soon have the chance to be propelled 62 miles above Earth, thanks to the work of aerospace engineers who have been holed up in a Mojave Desert hangar for four years.

By LORNE JACKSON ARGHH! The aliens have landed! The aliens have landed! Hopefully they'll only nab the really useless earthlings, and whisk them back to the milky-green moon of Zorg. Which means every doctor, nurse and firemen will have to vacate the planet.

By MURPHY MURPHY reckons the nation's boffins are breathing a sigh of relief that Minister for Science Jimmy Devins made it to the launch of their annual research funding shindig on Thursday.

FOLLOWING the brilliant Wall.E and Kung Fu Panda, Space Chimps has some mighty big boots to fill. And just like a real monkey would do with a pair of boots, it doesn't even bother trying to put them on.

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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's robotic arm will use a revised collection-and-delivery sequence overnight Sunday with the goal of depositing an icy soil sample in the lander's oven.

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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