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Space News Archive - September 20, 2009

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A NASA rocket launched to study clouds spooked dozens of people along the US East Coast, some worried about aliens landing, officials said.

Word of the Day
mitraille
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.