5/4/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
surreptitious
  (a) sweet-taliking  (b) sneaky  (c) involuntary  (d) as an afterthought
Difficult Word: - nolimnetangere  (a) dropping all charges  (b) warning against meddling  (c) drapery surrounding a four-poweter bed  (d) a three-candle sconce

Space Superiority Essential In War - SpaceDaily  The global war on terror is not limited to Earth's air, land and sea -- its being fought in space too, according to Air Force Space Command's most senior officer. "The war in space really started when they (Saddam Hussein's military) attempted to jam our global positioning system satellite signal," Gen. Lance W. Lord, AFSPC commander, said in an interview here April 8. General Lord emphasized that the Air Force needs to take a defense counter space mind set so we can protect U.S. space assets. "Space superiority is important for us. Its just as important as air superiority and, as we've learned over here in U.S. Air Forces in Europe, you can't take the medium of air for granted -- you have to protect that air," said General Lord. "It's essential to how we conduct operations. Space superiority is the same thing."
The Rough Shape Of Asteroid "ITOKAWA" Revealed - SpaceDaily  A recent radar observation clarified the rough shape of an asteroid called "ITOKAWA", where the MUSES-C (Hayabusa) is heading for. A research group led by Dr. Steve Ostro of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory carried out observations by transmitting radio waves to ITOKAWA from the radiotelescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Until now, the only extra-terrestrial celestial body from which we have gathered samples is the Moon. But since the matter that comprises large bodies such as the planets and the Moon has changed over time due to thermal processes, these bodies cannot provide us with a pristine record of the solar system. 

National Aerospace Initiative Needed; But Additional Funds Essential - SpaceDaily  The National Aerospace Initiative, a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA designed to sustain the nation's aerospace leadership, is effective in pursuing technologies necessary for future space-launch needs and military operations, says a new report by the National Academies' National Research Council. The NAI program should enable NASA and DOD to continue leading efforts in three critical aerospace areas -- high-speed hypersonic flight, access to space, and space technology -- but the program has many technical and financial hurdles, said the committee that wrote the report. 






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