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Space News Archive - March 15, 2009

The U.S. space shuttle Discovery is ready for a Sunday launch opportunity as technicians repair a leaking gaseous hydrogen vent line, officials said. The repairs were moving along smoothly late Saturday and the weather over Cape Canaveral, Fla., looked promising for an on-time 7:43 p.m.

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After more than a month of delays, the space shuttle Discovery launched successfully on Sunday as it crewmembers embarked on a mission to install a final set of solar wings for the International Space Station.

Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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