1/29/2004:

Intermediate Word:  ablution  (a) cleansing  (b) evaporation  (c) quenching of hot iron to form steel  (d) burial
Difficult Word: - luxate -  a) illuminate  (b) luxuriate  (c) flat as a pancake  (d) dislocate


O'Keefe: New NASA to be 'Distinctively Different' than Old Agency - Space.com    Mars exploration, both robotic and human, will receive a coordinated boost given the White House push to move NASA beyond low Earth orbit, O’Keefe said. What is going to be "distinctively different" is integrating missions and objectives, as well as adding missions to achieve "a broader exploration agenda," he said. Details within NASA’s budget for 2005 are to be unveiled on February 3.
There's Hematite In Them.. Plains - SpaceDaily  Left:  The distribution of hematite in Sinus Meridiani, where Meridiani Planum is located. Larger image and a related pix showing just how rare the Meridiani hematite rich region is.  "Grey hematite is a mineral indicator of past water," says Crisp. "It is not always associated with water, but it often is." Deposits of grey hematite are typically found in places where there has been standing water or mineral hot springs, such as those in Yellowstone. The mineral can precipitate out of water and collect in layers at the bottom of a lake, spring, or other standing water. But hematite can also occur without water, as the result of volcanic activity. "We want to know if the grains of hematite appear to be rounded and cemented together by the action of liquid water or if they're crystals that grew from a volcanic melt," says Crisp 

SwRI Goes Suborbital In Search Of Mercury And The "Vulcanoids" - SpaceDaily  Left:  "Never before in history has it been possible to obtain an ultraviolet spectrum of Mercury," says Stern. "With the data gathered last week, we expect to reveal new details about this mysterious inner planet's surface composition and, hopefully, to help the upcoming NASA MESSENGER mission (pictured above) to Mercury plan its ultraviolet observations." The payload, consisting of a telescope/spectrometer combination and an image-intensified imaging system, successfully explored the ultraviolet spectrum of the planet Mercury and also searched for the long-sought belt of small bodies called Vulcanoids that may lie even closer to the Sun than Mercury. 

 



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