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Apollo 9 Safely Returns to Earth

The Apollo program was a series of spaceflight missions undertaken by the US in the 1960s with the goal of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth. Apollo 9 was the 3rd in this series and consisted of a 10-day earth-orbital mission launched on March 3, 1969. It involved the 2nd manned flight of the Saturn V launch vehicle and the 1st manned flight of the Apollo Lunar Module. What did Apollo 9's crewmembers name their command module?




The word "champagne," in lower case, is a generic term for sparkling wine; when capitalized, it refers to the wine specifically made in the Champagne region of France. Generally, production begins with the fermentation of grapes with low sugar and high acid levels to produce a still wine, which is blended with other wines, a small amount of sugar and yeast, and stored. During the second fermentation, carbon dioxide is trapped in the bottle. What are "riddling" and "disgorging"?

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Joseph Priestley

Priestley was an English theologian and scientist. He prepared for the Presbyterian ministry but gradually rejected orthodox Calvinism for Unitarianism. His History of the Corruptions of Christianity, published in 1782, was officially burned in 1785, and he moved to the US in 1794. As a scientist, his manipulation of gases enabled him to investigate their properties and discover new gases, including "dephlogisticated air," a gas that was later named what?

Last updated on Tuesday, 13th March 2007

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