Space News Archive - September 20, 2009


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
  • 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'.