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2011-08-16 09:25:00

Space Exploration Technologies Co. (SpaceX) has announced that it plans to make a test flight to the International Space Station (ISS) in November, with future goals to pick up where NASA's shuttle program left off. Over the past several months, SpaceX has been working to prepare for the test flight -- a mission the company says is designed to demonstrate that a privately-developed space transportation system can deliver cargo and perhaps astronauts to and from the ISS. NASA gave SpaceX a...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
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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