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2008-01-15 13:40:00

Innovation described the space shuttle when it first lifted off its launch pad 26 years ago, and it still requires innovations in other forms to keep it ready for space. The latest ingenuity came about as NASA was trying to figure out why a connector that passes electrical signals through the wall of the external tank was acting up. The prevailing thought is that there is some movement inside the connector that causes some of the 37 metal pins to stop touching the metal inside the sockets....

Word of the Day
  • To talk saucily.
  • Insolent, opprobrious language; impertinent abuse.
This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.