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2005-10-08 10:06:17

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian and European teams searched for an experimental mini-spacecraft on the eastern peninsula of Kamchatka on Saturday, a day after the prototype was test-launched from a nuclear submarine thousands of miles away, news reports said. The Demonstrator spacecraft - designed to carry cargo and passengers from the international space station to Earth - was launched from the submarine Borisoglebsk in the Barents Sea on Friday and was reported to have descended toward its target on...

2005-09-29 15:53:53

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- Engineers made final preparations Thursday for the weekend launch of a Soyuz spacecraft to the international space station, with a U.S. scientist who paid $20 million for the journey among those aboard. Cosmonaut Valery Tokarev and U.S. astronaut William McArthur are scheduled to blast off from the Baikonur cosmodrome Saturday and dock with the orbiting station two days later. Joining Tokarev and McArthur will be their paying passenger, Gregory Olsen, who will...

2005-06-02 17:27:47

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan -- Born in Cold War secrecy and the scene of Soviet space triumph and tragedy, the Baikonur cosmodrome marked its 50th anniversary Thursday, hailed by the presidents of Russia and Kazakhstan as a technological workhorse on the wind-swept steppes of Central Asia. Baikonur launched the first satellite and the first man into space, and is now home to the Soyuz rockets that service the international space station, shuttling crucial deliveries, along with Russian cosmonauts...

2005-05-14 10:44:55

MOSCOW (AFP) -- The Russian space agency Roskosmos wants its American counterpart NASA to shoulder some of the financial burden of equiping the international space station (ISS) with Soyuz emergency escape craft, it said. There are plans to raise the ISS permanent crew from two to six. This would require two of the three-seater, thimble-shaped escape-vessels, capable of returning to Earth in case of an accident, to be docked at any one time. At present there is one. "It'll be necessary...

2005-01-19 07:43:07

MOSCOW (AFP) -- Russia and the European Space Agency (ESA) signed an agreement allowing Russia to use ESA's sites for space launches and allowing the two sides to freely exchange research and development information. The agreement was signed here by ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and Russian Space Agency chief Anatoly Perminov. Both sides hailed the accord as a great achievement that required four years of tough talks. The European side will allow Russia to conduct space launches...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'