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How NASA Affects The Consumer
2012-03-06 06:17:54

On July 29, 1958, the U.S. government formed National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the midst of a growing concern over the Soviet Union's advancement in space exploration. Now, 53 years later, the Cold War is over and about $525 billion has been poured into the program designed to take man beyond Earth's atmosphere, and explore the depths of the night sky. To any space enthusiast, $525 billion may sound like a small price to pay for the output of projects like the...


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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