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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
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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