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2011-08-17 09:20:00

NASA has announced that it is planning to send a spacecraft to a distant asteroid in five years to gather samples of what could be the building blocks of all life on Earth. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, if all goes well, will intercept asteroid 1999 RQ36, orbit it for one year, and then reach out a robotic arm, touch the surface and grab up a handful of dirt and then return to Earth with the precious sample. "We call it "Ëœtouch and go'," said principal investigator Michael Drake of...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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