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2010-10-13 17:30:00

HOUSTON, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., will host NASA astronaut Robert Behnken Wed., Oct. 20 and Thurs., Oct. 21. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Behnken's first presentation is Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. CDT during the Physics Colloquium at the University's Compton Hall, Room 245. The presentation will include...

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2010-02-17 06:40:00

Endeavour Pilot Terry Virts opened the windows one at a time early Wednesday, giving spacewalkers Robert Behnken and Nicholas Patrick an early look into the International Space Station's room with a view that they had helped install. Behnken and Patrick wrapped up their third and final planned spacewalk, a 5-hour, 48-minute excursion, at 2:03 a.m. CST. They completed all of their planned tasks, removing insulation blankets and removing launch restraint bolts from each of the cupola's seven...

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2010-02-14 06:45:00

Endeavour astronauts Robert Behnken and Nicholas Patrick finished all tasks planned for the mission's second spacewalk, integrating the new Tranquility node into the International Space Station despite a slightly shortened spacewalk. The spacewalkers connected two ammonia coolant loops, installed thermal covers around the ammonia hoses, outfitted the Earth-facing port on Tranquility for the relocation of its cupola, and installed handrails and a vent valve on the new module. The spacewalk...

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2010-02-09 09:00:00

Endeavour astronauts inspected the space shuttle's thermal protection system, checked out spacesuits and prepared to dock with the International Space Station during their first full work day in space. Much of the day for Commander George Zamka, Pilot Terry Virts and Mission Specialists Kay Hire, Stephen Robinson, Nicholas Patrick and Robert Behnken was devoted to inspection of the shuttle's heat-resistant tiles and reinforced carbon-carbon surfaces on the wing leading edges and the nose....

2008-03-21 22:40:41

This story was updated at 3:47 a.m. EDT. HOUSTON - Two spacewalking astronauts test fired a high-tech caulk gun filled with goo outside the International Space Station (ISS) Thursday to determine whether it's a viable repair tool for dinged shuttle heat shields. Shuttle astronauts Mike Foreman and Robert Behnken squirted a pink, putty-like substance into intentionally damaged shuttle tiles during their six-hour and 24-minute spacewalk to test how the material behaves in the...

2008-03-11 06:00:00

MARYLAND HEIGHTS -- This morning, Pattonville High School will screen a slide show tribute to astronaut Robert Behnken in every classroom. At the same time, Behnken will likely be in space, his shuttle on course to meet the International Space Station 220 miles above the earth. Behnken, 37 and a 1988 Pattonville grad, is one of seven astronauts set to launch early this morning from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a 16-day mission, the longest ever to the station. NASA said Monday...


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  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
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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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