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Remembering The Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster: 27 Years Ago Today
2013-01-28 11:23:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Today marks the 27th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, which ended the lives of seven crew members. On January 28, 1986, Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing NASA astronauts Greg Jarvis, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Michael J. Smith and Dick Scobee, along with NH school teacher Christa McAuliffe. McAuliffe was the first member of the Teacher in Space Project, and was...


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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