8/15/2004:

Intermediate Word:  purlieu  (a) row of purled stitches  (b) neighborhood  (c) French plainclothesman  (d) informal custom
Difficult Word: - scrapie   (a) sheep disease  (b) the last and closest scraping  (c) Scottish hash  (d) ornately carved furniture edgings

Crater on Moon Linked to Rock Found on Earth - Space.com  Three times may be a charm in some realms, but it took four tremendous whacks to lift a certain rock off the Moon and shoot it serendipitously to Earth, scientists reported Thursday. The rock left the Moon no more than 340,000 years ago, carved out of the Imbrium Basin -- the right eye of the "Man in the Moon" -- by an asteroid impact. Gnos even thinks he might know the exact crater on the Moon from whence the rock came.
White Paper: China's Space Activities - SpaceDaily  China carries out its space activities in accordance with the following principles:  - Adhering to the principle of long-term, stable and sustainable development and making the development of space activities cater to and serve the state's comprehensive development strategy.   - Upholding the principle of independence, self-reliance and self-renovation and actively promoting international exchanges and cooperation. China shall rely on its own strength to tackle key problems and make breakthroughs in space technology.   - Enhancing the social and economic returns of space activities and paying attention to the motivation of technological progress. China strives to explore a more economical and efficient development road for its space activities so as to achieve the integration of technological advance and economic rationality.

Internet Casino Boldly Goes Where No Casino Has Gone Before - SpaceDaily  In another first for the online casino industry, gaming site GoldenPalace.com will boldly go where no casino has gone before with the GoldenPalace.com Space Program: Powered by The da Vinci Project. The casino's brand will also appear on the ship itself - the Wild Fire - during its historic flight to the very edge of Space and into the history books. The Ansari X Prize is intended to promote the Space tourism industry through competition among the most talented entrepreneurs and rocket experts in the world. "This will go down in history as one of the key moments in humankind's race to Space."





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