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2005-02-12 09:15:00

NASA -- Determined not to go quietly into the misty Florida night, the last Atlas III-Centaur booster thundered into the cloudy sky on Feb. 3 to punctuate the final launch for Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's venerable Launch Complex 36. The combined histories of the Atlas-Centaur family and Complex 36 reflect intertwined programs that teamed to produce one of NASA's most successful exploration eras. Not far from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Launch Complex 36 rises out of the sandy...


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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