In Greek mythology, Medusa was the most famous of the three monstrous Gorgon sisters. She was once a beautiful woman, but she offended Athena, who changed her hair into snakes and made her face so hideous that all who looked at her were turned to stone. When Medusa was with child by Poseidon, Perseus beheaded her. What creatures sprang from her blood?
Back in the day
Launched in 1972 by an Atlas-Centaur rocket, Pioneer 10 was the first spacecraft to travel through the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and sent back the first close-up images of Jupiter a year later. It passed the orbit of Neptune in 1983 and became by some definitions the first man-made object to leave our solar system. On February 17, 1998, Pioneer 10 was over 7.60 billion miles away from Earth. When was the last signal received from the craft?
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The greatest lyric poet Ireland has produced and a major figure of 20th-century literature, Yeats was the acknowledged leader of the Irish literary renaissance. His early work centers on Irish mythology and themes and is mystical, slow-paced, and lyrical; his later verse is stronger, more physical and realistic, and the language is more austere, reflecting the impact of modernism. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in what year?