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China Suffers Huge Setback With Satellite Launch Failure
2013-12-09 14:11:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online China’s space program was dealt another setback on Monday when it lost a $250 million Earth observation satellite just days after successfully launching its first lunar rover. The satellite, developed by China and Brazil, was lost when a Long March 4B rocket failed to put the spacecraft into its proper orbit. "The rocket malfunctioned during the flight, and the satellite failed to enter orbit," sources told the state-owned Xinhua...

Majority Of Deforested Amazon Land Used As Cattle Pasture
2011-09-05 04:10:37

  More than three-fifths of the deforested areas in the Brazilian Amazon Rain forest are being used for grazing cattle, the government has discovered through a new satellite-based survey. The study, which according to Rhett Butler of the website Mongabay.com was conducted by Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), revealed that 62% of the 277,000 square miles worth of rain forest that had been cleared is being used as a...

2010-12-01 09:49:00

BRASILIA, Brazil, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Deforestation rates in the Brazilian Amazon declined 14 percent from August 2009 to July 2010, reaching the lowest rates ever recorded for the second consecutive year, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva announced today in Brasília. Satellite images analyzed by Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) show that an estimated 6,450 square kilometers of forests were cleared in the 12-month period, bringing rates to...


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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