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Space News Archive - May 26, 2012

Ariane 5 Booster Undergoes Test Fire

An Ariane 5 solid-propellant booster was test-fired on Thursday, May 24 at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana to help improve the reliability of Europe’s heavy launcher.

Giant Radio Telescope Gets Two Different Locations

Australia and South Africa will host a giant radio telescope made up of thousands of separate dishes, which will help scientists gain a better understanding of our universe.

Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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