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2011-05-19 09:05:00

After successfully docking with the International Space Station, the Endeavour and station crews wasted no time getting down to business installing a $2 billion cosmic ray detector with the goal of scanning the invisible universe for years to come. Mission Specialists Andrew Feustel and Roberto Vittori used the space shuttle's robotic arm to extract the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS) from Endeavour's payload bay and placed it onto the framework on the starboard side of the station....

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2010-10-26 10:57:45

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS) destined for the International Space Station already is collecting cosmic ray signatures, even as it sits in a work stand at the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, said Prof. Samuel Ting, the principal investigator for the program. It "Ëœs not making any grand discoveries yet, since the particles it is picking up were stripped of some of their qualities when they passed through Earth's atmosphere. But...

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2009-08-15 08:05:00

NASA's space shuttle program is winding down. With only about half a dozen more flights, shuttle crews will put the finishing touches on the International Space Station (ISS), bringing to an end twelve years of unprecedented orbital construction. The icon and workhorse of the American space program will have finished its Great Task. But, as Apple's CEO Steve Jobs might say, there is one more thing... An act of Congress in 2008 added another flight to the schedule near the end of the program....


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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'