9/21/2004:

Intermediate Word:  salubrious  (a) conducive to good health  (b) suggestive  (c) optimistic  (d) slippery
Difficult Word: - triturate  (a) pulverize  (b) decant  (c) carefully measure out  (d) divide in three equal parts

High Technology Vs. Space Travel - SpaceDaily  Left:  The power of adaptive optics will render Hubble-class space telescopes obsolete. (File image of the rings of Uranus, as taken by the VLT facility)  One of the many false ideas people have about space travel is that it is leading the human race ahead boldly into the future, hand-in-hand with high technology. This is another one of those old chestnuts from the 1950s that simply isn't true anymore, but still lingers in peoples' minds and makes it difficult for them to think clearly about space. To see how wrong this idea is, just consider Israel, India, and China. All three nations have launched domestically designed earth satellites on domestically designed space boosters. During the same period, all three nations tried to produce a domestic jet fighter aircraft design and all three failed dismally. And no one is seriously proposing to use any new "rocket science" in outer space.  
Largest Window For Space Completed - SpaceDaily  LeftWith a diameter of about 2 metres and height of 1.5 metres, the European-built Cupola provides a shirtsleeve working environment for two crewmembers. The ergonomically designed interior is equipped with workstations from which astronauts will be able to control the Station's robotic arm. From inside Cupola, a dome-shaped structure fitted with seven specially developed windows, astronauts will have a panoramic view for observing and guiding operations on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS). The 1.8 tonne Cupola will now be transported to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida where it will undergo final acceptance in November 2004.

Telescope snaps distant 'planet'  - BBC  Left:  The small, red object tested the Yepun uit to its limits.  Astronomers working in Chile think they may have taken the first direct image of a planet circling another star. The star, called 2M1207, is 230 light-years away and is very much smaller and fainter than our own Sun. The pictured companion is 100 times fainter still. Benjamin Zuckerman, of the University of California, in Los Angeles, added: "If the candidate companion of 2M1207 is really a planet, this would be the first time that a gravitationally bound exoplanet has been imaged around a star or brown dwarf."  





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