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2009-05-21 15:55:00

Construction has been completed on the first Russian Soyuz rockets scheduled to launch from South America, Russian Soyuz maker reported Thursday. "The first two rockets are ready. They have got through all the tests and have been placed in the containers in which they will be delivered," a report by ITAR-TASS quoted Sergei Tyulevin, the deputy head of TsSKB-Progress, as saying. The updated Soyuz-ST rockets will be delivered in September, and will launch December 28 from French Guiana, a...

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2009-04-23 08:52:27

Tests conducted on Planck at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, have confirmed that the satellite's subsystems work perfectly, and the helium dilution cooler tanks have now been filled. While the final clean-up continues, the solar array has been checked, the satellite has been integrated with its launcher adapter and fuelling is complete. The last of the system reference tests, of the telemetry and telecommand subsystem, was completed on 17 March. The tests, carried out over the...

2008-08-19 09:00:56

Ariane-5 lauches two communication satellites in French Guiana PARIS, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Ariane-5 rocket took off at 2044 GMT on Thursday from the launching center of Kourou in French Guiana, placing into orbit two telecommunications satellites, a statement released by European leading aerospace company EADS said. It is the fifth mission of Ariane-5 this year. The two communication satellites, AMC-21 and Superbird, were launched respectively for Japan and the United States....

2008-07-27 18:00:16

By MURPHY MURPHY reckons the nation's boffins are breathing a sigh of relief that Minister for Science Jimmy Devins made it to the launch of their annual research funding shindig on Thursday. Only a couple of days earlier, Dr Devins was languishing in French Guyana representing Ireland at the European Space Council. French Guyana is on the North coast of South America, which is apparently the best place for Europe to launch its rockets. Ireland spends EUR13million a year on the...

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2008-03-11 13:40:00

Following an overnight recovery operation, Jules Verne ATV's propulsion system has successfully been restored to full robustness. The spacecraft has since performed the first orbital maneuvers necessary to set up phasing with the International Space Station.Flight control and engineering support teams analyzed the data coming from the Automated Transfer Vehicle's on board computers which, after activation of the propulsion system following Sunday's launch, had detected a significant...

2006-02-24 17:15:00

CAYENNE (Reuters) - The launch of a heavy-lift Ariane-5 rocket carrying two satellites was postponed in French Guiana on Friday for the second time this week due to a new technical fault, space officials said. Officials of the Arianespace rocket launch company said a new launch date would be announced in several hours. They said one of the launch customers had requested further checks of a telemetry circuit. A first launch date on Tuesday was scrubbed when a problem linking the rocket to the...

2005-10-13 18:20:00

KOUROU, French Guiana (Reuters) - A European Ariane rocket sent a French military satellite and an American commercial satellite into orbit after a launch from French Guiana late on Thursday. The Ariane-5 rocket blasted-off from the European Space Agency's launch site in Kourou, French Guiana on the northeast coast of South America at 7.32 p.m. (2232 GMT). Thirty minutes after the launch, it released Syracuse 3B, a satellite for France's Ministry of Defense. Syracuse is designed for secure...


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Red-throated Caracara, Ibycter americanus
2012-04-02 16:55:31

The Red-throated Caracara, (Ibycter americanus), is a species of bird of prey in the Falconidae family. It is the only member of its genus Ibycter. It is sometimes incorrectly placed in the Daptrius genus with the Black Caracara. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. The habitats of this social bird are subtropical and tropical moist lowland forests...

Ash-throated Crake, Porzana albicollis
2012-04-02 15:22:04

The Ash-throated Crake, (Porzana albicollis), is a species of bird in the Rallidae family. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. Its habitat is subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland and swamps. The Ash-throated Crake is a small bird with a short bill. It has black and olive brown streaks on the back. The tail is black and the underparts are slate gray. The...

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2008-04-29 00:17:00

The Ashy-headed Greenlet (Hylophilus pectoralis), is a species of bird in the Vireonidae family. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. Its habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and heavily degraded former forest.

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2006-12-28 13:58:47

The Venezuelan Red Howler Monkey (Alouatta seniculus) is a South American species of howler monkey. It is a type of New World monkey. It is found in Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad, Guyana, French Guiana, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. It lives in groups of 3 to 9 individuals (usually 5 to 7).

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2006-12-28 13:42:35

The white-faced saki (Pithecia pithecia), also known as the Guianan Saki and the golden-faced saki, is a species of saki monkey. It is a type of New World monkey. It is found in Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela. This monkey mostly feed on fruits, but also nuts, seeds, and insects.

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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'