Intermediate Word:  ablation  (a) sandpapering  (b) evaporation  (c) abasement  (d) decay of organic matter
Difficult Word: - frore -  a) frosty  (b) exceptional  (c) leather embossing tool  (d) hardy

Opportunity Lands on Mars - Space.com   First looks at data suggest that the spacecraft overshot the center of the intended target, flying some 15 miles (24 kilometers) downrange , said Richard Cook, MER Deputy Project Manager. As first images appeared, it was clear that the landscape was dark in color, very different from the Spirit landing site in Gusev Crater. Meridiani Planum has been found by orbiting spacecraft sensors to be rich in gray hematite. This type of iron oxide usually forms in association with liquid water.
Elusive Vulcanoids: Search Reaches New Heights - Space.com  Scientists have long theorized about a population of small, asteroid-like objects roaming around the Sun inside the orbit of Mercury. None has been found, but the search for these so-called Vulcanoids was elevated earlier this month from jet airplanes to a camera mounted on a sub-orbital rocket. "Mercury's craters mean there used to be a lot of Vulcanoids," Stern explained in a telephone interview.   

A Colorful Life In The Outer Planets - SpaceDaily  Left:  Atmospheric features on Uranus and Neptune are revealed in images taken with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph and the Advanced Camera for Surveys aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The observations were taken in August 2003. Image credit: NASA and Erich Karkoschka, University of Arizona. Full size image  The top row reveals Uranus and Neptune in natural colors, showing the planets as they would appear if we could see them through a telescope. At first glance, the top row of images makes the planets appear like twins. But the bottom row reveals that Uranus and Neptune are two different worlds. Uranus's rotational axis, for example, is tilted almost 90 degrees to Neptune's axis. The south poles of Uranus and Neptune are at the left and bottom, respectively. Both are tilted slightly toward Earth. Uranus also displays more contrast between both hemispheres. This may be caused by its extreme seasons.


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