1/5/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
metier  (a) idiosyncrasy  (b) measurement of the difficult to measure  (c) field of special competence  (d) personal stature
Difficult Word: - cham - (a) Mongol chieftain  (b) a tool for chamfering  (c) a patsy  (d) a greatcoat, frequently with a fur collar


German Dust Analyzer Closes In On Comet Wild-2 For Friday Flyby - SpaceDaily  On January 2nd at 19.20 UTC NASA's Stardust spacecraft will finally reach its target. After a journey of nearly 5 years through the solar system, the spacecraft will encounter the comet Wild 2. Stardust's task for this day is to collect and analyse the comet's dust as the probe performs a daring flyby past the comet's nucleus and its tail. Then, for the first time ever, the spacecraft will return to Earth carrying a selection of dust samples for scientists to investigate in their laboratories. The capsule containing the precious space dust is expected to arrive back on earth on the 15th January 2006, landing in the U.S. state of Utah. Stardust is the first mission with the major focus on the dusty environment of a comet. As a secondary objective it will also collect the space dust which passes through our solar system. 
Photos From Mars Show Rocky Landscape - ABC  NASA's Spirit rover has sent its first images from Mars, showing a landscape scattered with small rocks that brought cheers from scientists. Scientists quickly assembled multiple black and white images to form a sweeping panoramic of the Martian landscape, as well as a bird's-eye view of the rover with its solar panels fully deployed. Spirit's successful landing bucked a trend of failed missions to the Red Planet. Just one in three past attempts to land on Mars has succeeded. British scientists said Sunday they would keep trying to contact their probe, the Beagle 2. 

Using Satellites To Automatically Direct Civil Engineering Machines - SpaceDaily  Left: "The principle of IMAGIN can be applied to any civil engineering machine, whatever its task," explains Christophe Pichot, Strategy and Business Development Manager of French lead partner, THALES-Navigation.   EUREKA project E! 2294 IMAGIN -- the "Integrated Machine Guidance Instruments" -- uses satellite navigation to automatically guide and control road and rail construction machines with incredible accuracy. Once a project is described by a civil engineer and the instructions transferred to the IMAGIN on-board computer, the motor grader, bulldozer or excavator is then automatically controlled by comparing its actual and desired positions, making corrections as

 




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