Word Game!

The daring and adventure 
of astronauts in space 
captivate the imaginations. 
The words in this quiz are 
about U.S. space exploits. 
Choose the answers you 
think are correct.

1. asteroid (n.) - A: robot. B: space creature. C: tiny
planet. D: black hole.

2. titanic (adj.) - A: unforgettable. B: disastrous.
C: ancient. D: gigantic.

3. composite (n.) - A: solid. B: mock-up. C: compound.
D: intricate design.

4. trajectory (n.) - A: flight path. B: takeoff. C: long-
range forecast. D: data.

5. gantry (n.) - A: entrance. B: movable structure.
C: storage area. D: timing device.

6. orientation (n.) - A: speed. B: quietness. C: position.
D: flight schedule.

7. thermal (adj.) - pertaining to A: daytime. B: night-time.
C: barometric pressure. D: heat.

8. suborbital (adj.) - A: underpowered. B: floating in space.
C: without electronics. D: not in orbit.

9. litany (n.) - A: explanation. B: translation. C: repeti-
tion. D: short description.

10. crescent (adj.) - A: colorful. B: pale. C: shaped in a
curve. D: enfolding.

11. entree (n.) - A: access. B: lower atmosphere.
C: sequence of events. D: focus.

12. refract (v.) - A: to bend. B: back up. C: scatter.
D: reconstruct.

13. corrugated (adj.) - A: confirmed. B: wrinkled. C: sifted.
D: arranged in order.

14. stark (adj.) - A: brave. B: desolate. C: dangerous.
D: unyielding.

15. dross (n.) - A: reflection. B: filament. C: waste matter.
D: spacesuit.

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16. quadrant (n.) - A: escape mechanism. B: fourth of a

circle. C: gyroscope. D: module's antenna.

17. microbes (n.) - A: pebbles. B: parts of a telescope.
C: germs. D: radio waves.

18. Perseids (n.) - A: cosmic wind. B: Milky Way. C: moons.
D: shooting stars.

19. heliopause (n.) - A: solar system's boundary. B: rocket
malfunction. C: absence of helium. D: halo effect.

20. flyby (n.) - A: aborted mission. B: near miss. C: flight
past a predetermined point. D: annoying fluctation.

*Answers are located in "comments"
for your convenience & felicity.

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Professor Howdy said...

Here are the answers:

1. asteroid - C: One of thousands of tiny planets whose
orbits lie mainly between Mars and Jupiter. Greek aster

2. titanic - D: Gigantic; of enormous size, power; as,
"Jupiter's titanic storms." Greek Titan (one of a mytholo-
gical family of giants).

3. composite - C: Compound; object made up of various
separate parts. Latin componere (to put together).

4. trajectory - A: Flight path; as, "They fired Voyager 2's
thrusters for a trajectory correction." Latin traicere (to
throw across).

5. gantry - B: High movable structure with platforms used
to service spacecraft. Old French gantier (wooden frame).

6. orientation - C: Position in relation to the points of
the compass; as, "Meanwhile, Voyager 2 is maintaining its
own orientation." Latin oriens (direction of the rising sun).

7. thermal - D: Pertaining to heat; as, "the giant [rocket]
booster, groaning and rumbling with thermal tension." Greek
therme (heat).

8. suborbital - D: Not in orbit; not completing a full orbit
around the earth; as, the "historic suborbital lob in 1961."
Latin sub (under) and orbis (circle, wheel).

9. litany - C: Any repetitive recital; also, a formal prayer;
as, "We read through the familiar litany of checklists."
Greek litanos (pleading).

10. crescent - C: Shaped in a curve like the moon in its
first or last quarter; as, "We could see the crescent moon
through the spacecraft's windows." Old French creistre
(to increase).

11. entree - A: Access; the right to enter or make use of;
as, His past experience gave him entree to the Apollo pro-
gram. French, from entrer (to enter).

12. refract - A: To bend a light ray through mediums of
different density; such as air and water; as, "a halo of
refracted sunlight." Latin refringere (to break up).

13. corrugated - B: Wrinkled; formed into parallel ridges
or folds; as, the corrugated surface. Latin corrugare (to

14. stark - B: Desolate; bleak; as, "The moon was as stark
as I'd imagined." Also, utter, complete; as, stark terror.
Old English stearc (strong, severe).

15. dross - C: Waste matter; scum; as, "These meteors are
the dross of a great comet that began disintegrating thous-
ands of years ago." Old English dros (dregs).

16. quadrant - B: One of the four equal parts of a circle;
as, "Meteors appear in every quadrant of the sky." Latin

17. microbes - C: Germs; microscopic organisms, such as
bacteria that cause disease. Greek mikros (small) and bios

18. Perseids - D: Shooting stars; annual shower of meteors
mainly visible between the end of July and mid-August,
radiating from the constellation Perseus.

19. heliopause - A: The boundary or fringe that separates
our solar system from outer space. Greek helios (sun) and
English pause.

20. flyby - C: Flight of a spacecraft or aircraft past a
planet or other predetermined point; as, "NASA has scheduled
asteroid flybys for its Galileo probe." U.S. origin.

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Anonymous said...

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God bless you,

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Professor Howdy said...

Now, it can't be good news when a lifeguard yells, "Everybody
out of the water!" He did that day I was in the water at the Jersey Shore.
My first thought was "Jaws!" Since I didn't have my shark repellent that
day, I got out very quickly. But sharks weren't the problem. Drowning kids
were. These three kids were too close to a jetty*, it was high tide, and they
were in big trouble. And so, the lifeguard cleared the water, and then a
bunch of lifeguards plunged into the surf. Some were swimming, some were
rowing. Hundreds of people were lined up along the beach watching this life
or death drama. Now the beach patrol guys got there before those kids
disappeared, and it's a good thing. There was no way those kids were going
to be able to swim their way out of this. Hey, they were rescued, but they
didn't contribute a thing to being saved.

From Matthew 14:27, an incident from the life of Jesus and His
disciples. But more importantly, it's also a picture of how a person begins
a personal relationship with God. There is a major surprise in this passage
for many of us religious people. Here's what it says. Jesus knows that the
disciples are in a terrible storm. He has not been with them. He comes
walking on the water to them and He says, "'Take courage, it is I. Don't be
afraid.' 'Lord if it is you,' Peter replied, 'Tell me to come to You on the
water.' 'Come,' He said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, and walked on
the water, and he came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind he was
afraid, and he was beginning to sink, and he cried out 'Lord, save me!' And
immediately, Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. 'You of little
faith,' He said, 'Why did you doubt?'" Now Peter was like those children I
saw at the shore. He's drowning, he's dying, he's unable to rescue himself,
and He gives this simple but powerful prayer: "Lord, save me." It might be
time for you to finally say that to Jesus.

See, we like to think that we'll be able to somehow swim to heaven
ourselves. After all, we believe in God. Right? Maybe you say, "Well, I go
to His meetings," and you give to His causes, you try to keep His
commandments, you even work in His work. But God gives us a sobering
description of our true spiritual condition in Ephesians 3:1. He says, "You
are dead in your sins." Dead! Sin has cut us off from God. It's left us
powerless to get rid of the sin that keeps us from eternal life. But there's
hope! Ephesians 2:8 says, "It is by grace you have been saved, through
faith. This is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so
that no one can boast." We're saved by the rescuer God sent into the surf
for us - His Son, Jesus.

But many who believe they could rescue themselves by their own
goodness aren't going to make it. None of us will. So many of us have
believed the lie that eternal life is a reward for our performance. But this
says it is not by works. Eternal life isn't a reward, it's a rescue. If we
could have made it, God's Son would have never given His life. The only
possibility we have for being saved is to put all our trust in the Rescuer,
Jesus Christ. To say to the Lord, like Peter, "I can't make it to you Lord,
I'm pinning all my hopes on You, on what You did to save me." See,
tragically, many good, decent, religious people are in for a terrible,
eternal shock. They weren't good enough for a perfect God. No one is.
And they will drown unnecessarily - with the nail-scarred hand of Jesus
reaching out to them, but they never grabbed it.

If you're not sure your sins are forgiven, if you are ready to
belong to Jesus, to be sure you're going to heaven, would you tell him you
want him right where you are. Pin all your hopes on Him. And then, let me
send you my booklet Yours For Life about beginning this new relationship.

Those kids at the shore couldn't save themselves and neither can
you. You've got to grab your Rescuer as your only hope. If you haven't done
that, why not now? Ron Hutchcraft

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Professor Howdy said...

Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior
from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. --Philippians 3:20

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all the GOOD NEWS!

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