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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
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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