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2011-04-12 12:50:00

On April 12, 1981, 20 years after Yuri Gagarin became the first human to reach space, NASA embarked on a new journey that would pave the way for space travel for three decades. Today marks the 30th anniversary of space shuttle Columbia becoming the first-ever reusable spacecraft after successfully piercing through the atmosphere to carry two astronauts into space. Columbia spent two days in space before performing a deorbit burn bringing the astronauts back on the same vessel they left on....


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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