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2008-08-29 18:00:00

To: SCIENCE EDITORS Contact: John Yembrick, Headquarters, Washington, +1-202-358- 0602, john.yembrick-1@nasa.gov, or Steve Roy, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., +1-256-544-0034, steven.e.roy@nasa.gov, both of NASA; or Harry Wadsworth, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, +1-504-257-0094, harry.wadsworth@lmco.com NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans will close at midnight Saturday,...

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2005-09-27 14:25:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- NASA resumed control of the International Space Station and sent a shuttle fuel tank to its New Orleans assembly plant as it restarted operations at facilities on the storm-stricken U.S. Gulf Coast on Tuesday. The Johnson Space Center in Houston was evacuated last week due to foreboding predictions that Hurricane Rita would pass nearby and NASA had turned over control of the orbiting outpost to the backup operations center near Moscow. The Houston center officially...


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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