10/25/2004:

Intermediate Word:  langue d'oil   (a) diplomatic language (b) French  (c) indolence  (d) an oil slick
Difficult Word: - Pont L'Eveque  (a) cheese  (b) bridge in Provencal  (c) birthplace of Joan d'Arc  (d) bridge built for the Bishop of Soissons

Senate Dispute May Scuttle Space Tourism Bill - Space.com  Regulation for proven technology is a way of ensuring public safety. Regulation in a developmental area like commercial space is a means of strangling enterprise,'' said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., sponsor of the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004 that passed the House in March. But Senate Commerce Committee negotiators late last week added language calling for crew and passenger safety. 
Jamming Challenges US Space Dominance - SpaceDaily  When anti-coalition forces in Iraq used jammers last year to thwart Global Positioning System precision-guided munitions in that theater, it represented a new, but not unexpected, challenge for the U.S. military: The first time an adversary challenged its dominance in space. Air Force Secretary Dr. James G. Roche said the threat, which the Air Force quickly squelched using GPS-guided munitions, did not come out of the blue. "We had been waiting for this to happen and wondering when someone would finally do it," he said. "This was the first time that we could point to something in an unclassified way and say, 'See, someone is trying to interfere with our ability to use space to get the effects we desire.' We had been waiting for this to happen and wondering when someone would finally do it,"

Research Shows Liquid Water May Have Been On Mars Briefly - SpaceDaily  Left:  "On Earth, jarosite forms in acid mine drainage environments as sulphide minerals oxidize -- it has been found in Idaho or California, for example. It also forms while volcanic rocks are being altered by acidic, sulphur-rich fluids near volcanic vents. As such, jarosite formation is thought to need a wet, oxidizing and acidic environment." (File image of Elysium Mons by ESA's Mars Express - desktop versions available here)  A Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech has research published this week in Nature that shows Mars probably had liquid water at some point, but likely for only a short time, geologically speaking. NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity recently found the mineral jarosite and possibly gypsum on Mars' surface. 





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