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Russia May Lose Cosmodrome Lease
2012-12-10 19:26:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Russia's lease with the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch facility in Kazakhstan may be suspended, according to several reports. Russia has been renting the Baikonur launch pad from Kazakhstan since 1994 and the leasing contract is valid until 2050. However, Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency reported that Kazcosmos head Talgat Musabayev said the rent agreement on Baikonur has "run its course." Dropping the lease could create...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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