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Space News Archive - April 10, 2012

NASA Chief Technologist Mason Peck and Space Technology Program Director Michael Gazarik will visit Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland on Wednesday, April 11, to meet with students and faculty and learn about the school's engineering and science programs.

Discovery Flyover of DC Scheduled for April 17

NASA's retired Space Shuttle Discovery will be flying over portions of Washington D.C. on the morning of April 17 as it travels en route to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, where it will be displayed.

Earth, This Is Space Station, Do You Hear Me?

Are you following Andre Kuipers' mission through his blog, Twitter or Flickr? Astronauts are sharing the privilege of being in space with the people back at home via social media. Communication with space stations has not always been so easy.

Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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