5/17/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
ligature
  (a) ligament  (b) welding jig   (c) cord denoting military rank  (d) binding cord
Difficult Word: - eyre  (a) itinerant royal circuit court  (b) eagle's roost  (c) ship's "crow's nest"  (d) highest point

Pushing the Limit: Possible First Photo of Extrasolar Planet - Space.com  In a preliminary analysis of new data, astronomers say they may have imaged a planet outside our solar system for the first time by using a tricky new method to ferret out dim objects from the light of a star. The scientists say there is a high probability the object is a planet, however. If so, it would not resemble anything in our solar system. The possible planet is huge, something less than 10 times as massive as Jupiter.
High-Energy Laser Destroys Large-Caliber Rocket - SpaceDaily  As the scope of battlefield threats continues to expand, so does the versatility of a high-energy laser system to defeat them. The U.S. Army's Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser (MTHEL) testbed destroyed a rocket on May 4 that's larger, faster and that flies higher than previous threats destroyed by the laser weapon demonstrator. Northrop Grumman Corporation built the demonstrator for the Army and the Israel Ministry of Defence (IMoD). MTHEL will be the first tactical and mobile, directed-energy weapon capable of shooting down rockets and other tactical targets in flight to protect deployed forces and civilians of the U.S. and its friends and allies.  

Shuttle Or Not, Hubble Will Be Saved - SpaceDaily  Indications are growing that the aging Hubble Space Telescope will not be allowed to die -- even if the U.S. space shuttle fleet will not be used to save it. More and more, it appears that NASA -- or even an international consortium of some kind -- will deploy a robotic space mission sometime in the next few years to service or repair the telescope. This new development is the product of a trio of factors contributing to the space agency's rethinking on the Hubble, which has been orbiting since 1990 and long ago exceeded its expected operational lifetime. 






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