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2010-04-13 10:00:00

Space shuttle Discovery Mission Specialists Rick Mastracchio and Clayton Anderson completed the replacement of a depleted ammonia coolant tank on the International Space Station, finishing the complex three-spacewalk process. Today's 6-hour, 24-minute spacewalk began at 1:14 a.m. CDT, almost an hour ahead of schedule. Mastracchio's first task was to hook up fluid lines of the new 1,700-pound tank, a task that had been postponed from Sunday's spacewalk after delays in bolting that tank in...

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2010-04-09 10:23:13

Discovery Mission Specialists Rick Mastracchio and Clayton Anderson wound up a 6-hour, 27-minute spacewalk at 6:58 a.m. CDT after helping move a new 1,700-pound ammonia tank from Discovery's cargo bay to a temporary parking place on the International Space Station. It was the first of three spacewalks planned during the STS-131 mission. During the spacewalk, which began at 12:31 a.m., the two astronauts also retrieved an experiment from the Japanese Kibo Laboratory exposed facility and...


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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