9/16/2004:

Intermediate Word:  bailey  (a) court  (b) gaol  (c) outer wall of a castle  (d) sheriff's assistant
Difficult Word: - obloquy  (a) abusively detractive language  (b) funeral rite  (c) expletive  (d) peroration

Tiny Space Rocks Help Settle Astronomical Debate - Space.com  A pair of miniscule meteorite grains has helped astronomers settle a long-running debate on the origins of space dust belched out by dying stars. Chemical analysis of the grains, which formed before the solar system and our Sun, confirmed they contained two forms of a metal oxide that astronomers had only seen hints of in observations of stars reaching the end of their life cycle. 
China's Secret Cape Canaveral A Sprawling City Of 15,000 - SpaceDaily  LeftA rarely seen trilogy of billboards with slogans from China's former top leaders decorate a street at the highly-secretive Dongfeng Aerospace City at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, 01 September 2004, on the edge of the Gobi desert in Jiuquan. One of the China's most secret and isolated locations shot to world fame last October when it launched astronaut Yang Liwei into orbit. Former Chairman Mao Zedong (L) proclaims: We too need a man made satellite; Deng Xiaopeng (C) adds: If China had not developed a nuclear bomb and had not launched a satellite the China would not be able to call itself a great power; and Jiang Zemin says: Warmly love the motherland, and contribute without thought of personal gain. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN  Jiuquan is so secret that even the people formally in charge, the leaders of Gansu province, have little control over what happens, and just as little information.

Konrad Dannenberg   AP

Terror in the sky: The V-2, Hitler's terror rocket, first struck London 60 years ago  - BBC  Left:  "The Army was looking for a replacement to heavy artillery, which had been forbidden by the Treaty of Versailles after World War I," explains Konrad Dannenberg, 92, an engineer who worked on the German Army's rocket programme.  The technology pioneered at Peenemuende would eventually realise dreams of space flight. The V-2 was the forerunner of the booster rockets that would allow humans to escape the shackles of gravity. But it was also the precursor of all modern guided missiles. As such, rocketry was not to escape the shadow of military exploitation.





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