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Apollo 17 Launched 40 Years Ago Today
2012-12-07 12:10:28

[ Watch the Video: What Is The Moon ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Today marks the 40th anniversary when astronauts hopped onboard the Apollo 17 spacecraft and made a historic launch towards the moon. On December 7, 1972, astronauts Eugene A. Cernan and Ronald E. Evans, along with scientist-astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt took flight to begin the sixth Apollo lunar landing. Initially, the launch was delayed two hours and forty minutes due to an automatic...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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