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2005-07-12 23:58:06

By Michael Christie CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA returns to human space flight on Wednesday with its first space shuttle mission since Columbia disintegrated 2 1/2 years ago, killing seven astronauts and spilling debris over Texas. When Discovery blasts off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on a plume of fire at 3:51 p.m. (1951 GMT), it will kick-start the stalled construction of the International Space Station and also mark, U.S. space officials say, the first step on the road back...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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