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2005-10-10 06:00:00

Solar activity can be surprisingly good for astronauts. NASA -- Last month, the sun went haywire. Almost every day for two weeks in early September, solar flares issued from a giant sunspot named "active region 798/808." X-rays ionized Earth's upper atmosphere. Solar protons peppered the Moon. It was not a good time to be in space. Or was it? During the storms, something strange happened onboard the International Space Station (ISS): radiation levels dropped. "The crew of the ISS absorbed...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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