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NASA’s ‘megarocket’ roars into life – but only briefly, putting launch in jeopardy

NASA’s ‘megarocket’ roars into life – but only briefly, putting launch in jeopardy

Technology
NASA's deep space exploration rocket has briefly ignited its four engines for the first time.The test was a crucial step towards a debut unmanned launch later this year under NASA's Artemis programme, the Trump administration's mission to return US astronauts to the moon again by 2024. The rocket, built by Boeing, roared into life for just one minute and 15 seconds at the test facility in Mississippi.The engines generated 1.6 million pounds of thrust, consuming 700,000 gallons of propellants while on NASA's largest test stand, which is 35 storeys tall.It was well short of the roughly four minutes that were needed to keep its development on track for it first launch in November. ...
Journalist Jorge Ramos briefly detained by Maduro regime

Journalist Jorge Ramos briefly detained by Maduro regime

World
Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Univision anchor Jorge Ramos and five network employees were briefly detained within the Venezuelan presidential palace on Monday, following an interview with the country's embattled president Nicolas Maduro. The detention lasted for more than two hours, and they were released with their footage and equipment confiscated. Ramos, one of the most famous Spanish-speaking journalists in the world, was in Venezuela to interview the president when he and his crew were apprehended following a line of questioning Maduro did not agree with, Univision's president of news Daniel Coronell said in a tweet.Atención: Un grupo periodístico de @Univision, encabezado por @jorgeramosnews, está arbitrariamente retenido en el Palacio de Miraflores en Caracas porque a @Nic...
Ripple surges 89% in single day, briefly becomes third biggest digital currency

Ripple surges 89% in single day, briefly becomes third biggest digital currency

Finance
Ripple is vying with bitcoin cash to be the third-largest cryptocurrency by market value.Ripple, or XRP, surged 89 percent Thursday to a record high of 89.2 cents and was last trading near 81 cents, giving it a market value of $ 31.6 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.Those gains temporarily pushed ripple's market value past that of bitcoin's offshoot bitcoin cash, and into third place just behind the largest digital currencies, bitcoin and ethereum, according to CoinMarketCap. The website showed bitcoin cash had regained third place by late Thursday afternoon, with a market value of $ 32.1 billion. Ripple surpassed the market value of litecoin on Wednesday after starting the week in fifth place by cryptocurrency market capitalization, according to CoinMarketCap. Ripple seven-day performa...