7/19/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
derriere
  (a) in arrears  (b) rear  (c) derelict  (d) au courant
Difficult Word: - tramontane  (a) above and beyond  (b) commonplace  (c) abandoned  (d) far side of the mountain

Scaled Aims For Late Sept X Prize Flights - SpaceDaily  During an interview on US news network MSNBC this week, SpaceShipOne pilot Mike Melvill told Deborah Norville that Scaled Composites is planning to shortly give the required 60 days notice that it will fly back to back X Prize qualified flights in an attempt to win the $10 million X Prize. "We plan on trying toward the end of September this year," said Melvill. "I'm hoping to encourage another individual to do it, but I'll be standing by in case they need me," he told MSNBC viewers. In the MSNBC interview Melvill said that a banging noise he heard during the flight was caused when a chunk of solid fuel jammed the rocket nozzle for a split-second before the pressure built up and expelled the chunk. "It was something weird we hadn't seen happen with that rocket motor," he said.
Linking With The Future - SpaceDaily  Left:  Artistic overview of the Advanced Concepts Team (ACT) research areas. With the Ariadna Programme the ACT allows academics to contribute actively to its scientific activities. Full size.  Among many other proposals, ACT is currently investigating the feasibility of satellites to generate electricity from sunlight and beam it to Earth, systems for generating fuel from human waste, and robots that would move like tumbleweed across planetary surfaces. The team is composed of young researchers, who each spend one or two years bringing energy and enthusiasm to the thinking. Among the projects they are currently working on are: the technological requirements of nuclear propulsion and missions it might lead to, such as a spacecraft to orbit Pluto; the extreme difficulty of building an antimatter engine; the best routes for interstellar spacecraft to take between stars; the possibility of nudging dangerous asteroids.

Lowell Observatory Finds Asteroid With Smallest Orbit - SpaceDaily  Left:  2004 JG6 goes around the Sun in just six months, making it the asteroid with the shortest known orbital period.  2004 JG6 orbits entirely within Earth's orbit, only the second object so far found to do so. "What makes this asteroid unique is that, on average, it is the second closest solar system object orbiting the Sun," said Edward Bowell, LONEOS Director. As shown in this diagram, JG6 crosses the orbits of Venus and Mercury, passing less than 30 million miles from the Sun every six months. From present estimates, 2004 JG6 is probably between 500 meters and 1 km in diameter. Despite its proximity, the object poses no danger of colliding with Earth. Asteroids with orbits entirely within the Earth's orbit have been informally called "Apoheles," from the Hawaiian word for orbit.





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