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2006-08-04 12:23:46

A team led by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has been selected by NASA to develop a concept for a space mission to characterize the mysterious "Dark Energy'' that permeates the Universe and causes its expansion to accelerate. Known as Destiny, the Dark Energy Space Telescope, the small spacecraft would detect and observe more than 3,000 supernovae over its two-year primary mission to measure the expansion history of the Universe,...

Word of the Day
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.