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Space News Archive - February 22, 2010

NASA published its Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Estimates on Monday, providing more information about the president's plan for the agency's future.

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For centuries, astronomers and philosophers wondered how our solar system and its planets came to be.

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Since the launch of the first Meteosat in 1977, 33 years of imagery combined with increasing computer power have given meteorologists the tools to improve weather forecasting, with direct benefits for us.

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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