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SpaceX poised for 50th launch of Falcon 9 rocket

MIAMI: SpaceX is poised for the 50th launch of its signature Falcon 9 rocket early Tuesday, marking a swift ascent to a milestone many aerospace giants take far longer to attain. The launch of the Falcon 9 carrying the Hispasat, a Spanish telecommunications and broadband satellite, is scheduled for 12:33 am (0533 GMT) from Cape…

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Epic launch lifts world’s biggest rocket toward Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL: The world’s most powerful rocket, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, blasted off Tuesday on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk’s cherry red Tesla Roadster toward an orbit near Mars. Screams and cheers erupted at mission control in Cape Canaveral, Florida as the massive rocket fired its 27 engines and rumbled into…

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World’s biggest rocket soars toward Mars after perfect launch

CAPE CANAVERAL: The world’s most powerful rocket, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, blasted off Tuesday on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk’s cherry red Tesla roadster toward an orbit near Mars. Screams and cheers erupted at Cape Canaveral, Florida as the massive rocket fired its 27 engines and rumbled into the blue sky…

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US astronaut, who went into space six times, dead at 87

US astronaut John Young, pictured aboard Gemini III on March 23, 1965, was the only astronaut to fly in the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs. PHOTO: AFP NEWS DESK: John Young, a legendary US astronaut who went into space six times, orbited the moon and then walked on its craggy surface, has died, NASA…

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Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump directed NASA on Monday to send Americans to the Moon for the first time in decades, a move he said would help prepare for a future Mars trip. “This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint,” Trump said at the White House as he signed…

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SpaceX’s CEO to launch his own car into deep space

MIAMI: SpaceX confirmed Wednesday its CEO Elon Musk plans to blast his cherry red electric car off toward the Red Planet when the company’s Falcon Heavy rocket launches for the first time next month. Many wondered if Musk was joking last week when he tweeted his plans for the Falcon Heavy’s inaugural payload to be…

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Wi-Fi acting up? Here’s how you can improve connectivity

NEWS DESK: Having problems with Wi-Fi connectivity? You can improve the Wi-Fi signal in your home with foil, researchers have found, reported The Independent. The reflective material can successfully direct wireless signals to where you need them most, and away from any areas where you don’t want a connection to be available. However, in order…

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NASA gravity map shows Mars has porous crust

WASHINGTON: Mars’ crust is not as dense as previously thought, which means that at least a part of it is relatively porous, suggests a gravity map of the red planet created by NASA scientists. The finding may help better understand the red planet’s interior structure and evolution, according to the US space agency. However, scientists…

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NASA captures images of strong solar flares

NEW YORK: Two high-intensity solar flares were emitted Wednesday, the second of which was the most intense recorded since the start of this sun cycle in December 2008, NASA said. These radiation flares, which can disrupt communications satellites, GPS and power grids by reaching the upper Earth atmosphere, were detected and captured by the US…

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Record-breaking US astronaut and crew back on Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL: NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and two crewmates made a parachute touchdown in Kazakhstan on Saturday, capping a career-total 665 days in orbit, a US record, reported Reuters. Whitson, 57, ended an extended stay of more than nine months aboard the International Space Station, a $100 billion research laboratory that flies about 250 miles…

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Japan launches satellite for advanced GPS operation

TOKYO: Japan launched on Saturday an H-2A rocket carrying a geo-positioning satellite into orbit after a week-long delay, the government said, reported Reuters. The launch of Japan’s third geo-positioning satellite is part of its plan to build a version of the US global positioning system (GPS) to offer location information used for autopiloting and possible…

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‘Mystery’ signal from space is solved. It’s not aliens

Miami: Astronomers have finally solved the mystery of peculiar signals coming from a nearby star, a story that sparked intense public speculation this week that perhaps, finally, alien life had been found. It hasn’t. The signal, which has been formally named “Weird!” was interference from a distant satellite. Of course, astronomers said all along that…

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China launches its first X-ray space telescope

BEIJING: China successfully launched on Thursday its first X-ray space telescope to study black holes, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts, state media reported. A Long March-4B rocket carried the 2.5-tonne telescope into orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gobi Desert at 11:00 am (3:00 GMT), according to the official Xinhua news agency…

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Movie Trailer: New ‘Aliens’ movie will creep the audience

The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup. Directed by Ridley Scott,…

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Orbital to launch cargo to space station Tuesday

MIAMI: A rocket packed with food and supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station is scheduled to blast off Tuesday from a NASA launch pad. The unmanned Cygnus cargo ship, nestled atop an Atlas V rocket, is poised for take off during a 30-minute launch window beginning at 11:11 am (1511 GMT)…

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Scientists grow potato under Mars-like conditions in Peru

Lima, Peru: Potatoes on Mars? Scientists are reporting promising results growing the tuber under conditions that mimic the Red Planet in an experiment in Peru linked to US space agency NASA. “Preliminary results are positive,” the International Potato Center (CIP) said this week after a potato grew under simulated Mars atmospheric conditions in an experiment…

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US election: NASA astronaut casts vote from space

MIAMI: In a US presidential election that’s already been out of this world, the lone American astronaut in outer space has cast his vote, NASA said Monday. Shane Kimbrough became the latest astronaut to join in a long tradition of voting while floating above the Earth, inside the orbiting International Space Station. Kimbrough rode a…

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European Mars lander touches down on red planet: ESA

A space lander touched down on Mars on Wednesday in what is Europe’s first attempt to land a craft there since the Beagle 2’s “heroic failure” more than a decade ago. Scientists are now awaiting updates on the status of the disc-shaped 577-kg (1,272 lb) Schiaparelli lander, which is testing technologies for a rover due…

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NASA to reveal ‘surprising’ activity on Jupiter’s moon

  MIAMI: There’s something going on beneath the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. But what?  NASA teased a “surprising” announcement for Monday, based on Hubble Space Telescope images of the celestial body, which many experts believe could contain a subsurface ocean, even possibly some form of life. The US space agency has already proclaimed…

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Mars isolation experiment in Hawaii ends

LOS ANGELES: The six people who went into isolation for a year in Hawaii to help NASA plan for a mission to Mars emerged Sunday, happy to breathe fresh air and meet new people. The team was based on a barren, northern slope of Mauna Loa, living inside a dome that is 36 feet (11…

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India launches record 20 satellites in single mission

NEW DELHI:  India successfully launched Wednesday a rocket carrying a record 20 satellites as its famously frugal space agency looks to grab a larger slice of the lucrative commercial space market. The rocket blasted off from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota carrying satellites from the US, Germany, Canada and Indonesia, the most in a single…

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