9/27/2005:

Intermediate Word:  miso (a) thick, fermented soybean paste for soups  (b) rice wine  (c) raglan-sleeved wrap-around  (d) unofficial geisha
Difficult Word: - havelock  (a) locking garden gate  (b) recalcitrant hair lock  (c) skylark  (d) cap with neck cover

The Cold Equations Of Spaceflight - SpaceDaily  In the past month, we have been blessed with numerous leaks from NASA of various study documents relating to the new boosters that will be needed to carry out the new manned moon program. Many Space Cadets are expressing dissatisfaction with these leaked NASA plans. They say that the Shuttle-derived boosters are too primitive, too expensive to develop, too expensive to operate, and not inspiring enough. They can't understand why we will be returning to the Moon with rockets and space capsules that look like minor variations of those used in the Apollo program 40 years ago. "Where is the sexy new stuff?" they ask. "For that matter, where is the sexy old stuff? Why isn't Mike Griffin pulling out the blueprints for X-30/NASP, DC-X/Delta Clipper, or X-33/VentureStar? The answer to this question is: All of these vehicles were fantasy projects.   
BMD Focus: Losing Software Supremacy - SpaceDaily  Top U.S. generals openly admit that America's strategic ABM defenses are based on a technology in which other nations are already developing more experts than the United States which is inherently vulnerable to devastating disruption. Under Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the U.S. Armed Forces have moved father than ever before in developing anti-ballistic missile and space-based strategic assets, and trying to integrate combined operations around the globe using state of the art Information Technology. But there are two structural problems with this strategy.     

Taking A Radioactive Bath On The Moon - SpaceDaily  Left:  The distribution of ground-level neutron radiation around the Moon's south pole. "Hot spots" are red; cool spots, blue. Credit: Lunar Prospector.  The surface of the Moon is baldly exposed to cosmic rays and solar flares, and some of that radiation is very hard to stop with shielding. Furthermore, when cosmic rays hit the ground, they produce a dangerous spray of secondary particles right at your feet. All this radiation penetrating human flesh can damage DNA, boosting the risk of cancer and other maladies. According to the Vision for Space Exploration, NASA plans to send astronauts back to the Moon by 2020 and, eventually, to set up an outpost, and for this, the radiation problem must be solved.   




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