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Watch live: Parker Solar Probe to begin trip toward sun

Watch live: Parker Solar Probe to begin trip toward sun

Science
Aug. 11 (UPI) -- NASA's Parker Solar Probe is ready and waiting to make its trip to the sun. The probe will launch from Space Launch Complex-37 at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, part of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Blastoff is scheduled for 3:33 a.m. ET on Saturday morning. NASA TV will provide live streaming coverage of the takeoff and initial flight through Earth's atmosphere. The mission's launch window will last 65 minutes. According to meteorologists with the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing, there is a 70 percent chance of favorable weather conditions. Last week, scientists attached the probe to the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket that will carry the spacecraft into space. The rocket and attached payload are currently surrounded by a Mobile Service Tower, but th...
Rescuers begin process of removing boys from cave in Thailand

Rescuers begin process of removing boys from cave in Thailand

World
Rescuers in Thailand have begun the process of removing the 12 boys and their soccer coach who have been trapped in a cave for two weeks, according to the Chiang Rai governor. Authorities said at a press conference Sunday morning in Chiang Rai province that they made the decision to rescue the boys as oxygen drops and the threat of monsoon rains approaches. Due to the length of the journey out of the cave, officials said the first boy was expected to come out at 9 p.m. local time, which is 10 a.m. Sunday Eastern time. The officials said the operation could take two or three days. At 10 a.m. local time, 13 foreign divers and five Thai SEALs entered the cave to begin the operation. Two divers will escort each of the kids out of the cave. "We have a fraction of a second to help them come ...
Season 4 of 'Better Call Saul' to begin Aug. 6

Season 4 of 'Better Call Saul' to begin Aug. 6

Entertainment
June 1 (UPI) -- AMC has set Aug. 6 for the Season 4 premiere date of its crime drama Better Call Saul. The show, which takes place in New Mexico, follows Bob Odenkirk as the smart, but sketchy lawyer Jimmy/Saul years before he meets Walter White, Bryan Cranston's teacher-turned-drug kingpin in Breaking Bad. Odenkirk's fellow Breaking Bad co-stars Jonathan Banks and Giancarlo Esposito also reprise their roles of Mike and Gus in the prequel series. Rounding out the ensemble are Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando. The cable network announced a year ago that it had renewed the show for a 10-episode, fourth season. Let's block ads! (Why?) Entertainment News - UPI.com
Congo to begin vaccinating against Ebola on Monday

Congo to begin vaccinating against Ebola on Monday

Health
Congo will begin administering an experimental Ebola vaccine Monday in Mbandaka, the northwestern city of 1.2 million where the deadly disease has infected some residents, Congo's health minister announced. "The vaccination campaign begins tomorrow, Monday, in Mbandaka, capital of the province. It will target, first, the health staff, the contacts of the sick and the contacts of the contacts," Minister of Health Oly Ilunga told The Associated Press Sunday. The death toll of the current Ebola outbreak has risen to 26. Initially, the campaign will target 600 people, mainly medical staff, contacts of suspected cases, and those who have been in contact with the contacts, said Ilunga. Officials are working urgently to prevent the disease from spreading beyond Mbandaka, which lies on the Congo...
Raytheon to begin modernizing missile defense

Raytheon to begin modernizing missile defense

Business
March 27 (UPI) -- Raytheon announced this week that the company has begun work on a contract from the U.S. Army to sustain and modernize missile defense for both military commands and government agencies.Raytheon said on Monday it would start work on the three-year service contract for system upgrades valued at $ 600 million that was first announced in June 2017. The work was held up by a protest bid, the company said.The Army systems set to receive services are the THAAD, the AN/TPY-2 radars, the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense System, the Sea-Based X-Band Radar and Upgraded Early Warning Radars, according to the company.The Government Accountability Office defines a bid protest as "a challenge to the award or proposed award of a contract for the procurement of goods and services or a chal...