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Mars: Nasa lands InSight robot to study planet's interior

Mars: Nasa lands InSight robot to study planet's interior

Science
The US space agency Nasa has landed a new robot on Mars after a dramatic seven-minute plunge to the surface of the Red Planet.The InSight probe aims to study the world's deep interior, and make it the only planet - apart from Earth - that has been examined in this way.Confirmation of touchdown came through on cue at 19:53 GMT.It ended an anxious wait in which the robot radioed home a series of updates on its descent.Nasa's mission control at California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) erupted into cheers when it became clear InSight was safe on the ground. The agency's chief administrator, James Bridenstine, celebrated what he called "an amazing day". President Trump had rung to offer his congratulations, he told reporters. And ...
Virginia Madsen lands role in DC Universe's 'Swamp Thing'

Virginia Madsen lands role in DC Universe's 'Swamp Thing'

Entertainment
Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Sideways and Designated Survivor actress Virginia Madsen is to star in the new live-action series, Swamp Thing. "Virginia Madsen (@madlyv) joins #DCUSWAMPTHING as Maria Sunderland. Welcome to the #DCUNIVERSE," the DC Universe Twitter feed said Thursday. Gotham alum Crystal Reed was cast in September as Abby Arcane in the Louisiana-set, supernatural drama. Deadline.com said the show is slated to debut in 2019. No other casting has been announced yet. James Wan, Mark Verheiden, Gary Dauberman and Michael Clear -- the team behind the horror hits The Conjuring, It and Annabelle -- are adapting the comic-book property for the new DC Universe digital subscription service, which is the home of Titans. Len Wiseman -- whose credits include Sleepy Hollow and the Underworld franchise...
No serious injuries initially reported as Boeing 737 lands in ocean near Micronesia

No serious injuries initially reported as Boeing 737 lands in ocean near Micronesia

World
No serious injuries were reported among those traveling on a Boeing 737 that landed about 150 yards short of a runway off the coast of Micronesia, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Air Niugini, the official state airline of Papua New Guinea, confirmed in a statement that the aircraft "landed short of the runway whilst landing at Chuuk Island of the Federated States of Micronesia this morning." "Air Niugini can confirm that all on board were able to safely evacuate the aircraft," the statement continued. "The airline is making all efforts to ensure the safety and immediate needs of our passengers and crew. Further information will be provided as it becomes available." The jet contained 35 passengers and 12 crew members, according to Jimmy Emilio, the airport manager of...
Iveco, Leonardo consortium lands Italian contract for armored vehicles

Iveco, Leonardo consortium lands Italian contract for armored vehicles

Business
July 26 (UPI) -- Iveco-Oto Melara Consortium, a joint venture between Italian defense companies Iveco Defense Vehicles and Leonardo, received a $ 185.2 million contract from the Italian Ministry of Defense for Centauro II armored vehicles. The contract includes vehicles, spare equipment and associated support for the first orders of a 136-vehicle deal, according to a Leonardo news release. Italian Secretary General of Defense and National Armaments Director Aerial Squadron Marshall Carlo Magrassi, Italian Army Chief of Staff General Salvatore Farina and Director of the Land Armaments Lieutenant General Francesco Castrataro attended a signing ceremony Tuesday. The Centauro II is a wheeled, highly mobile 8x8 anti-tank vehicle with a 120mm gun, with options for a 105mm gun. It carries a coa...
Russian space capsule with 3 astronauts lands in Kazakhstan

Russian space capsule with 3 astronauts lands in Kazakhstan

Technology
A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying three astronauts from the International Space Station has landed safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan. The capsule hit the ground at 6:39 p.m. (1239 GMT) Sunday without apparent problems, descending under a red-and-white parachute. Aboard were Russian Anton Shkaplerov, American Scott Tingle and Japan's Norishige Kanai, ending a 168-day mission. All three were extracted from the capsule within 30 minutes. They appeared to be in good condition as they sat in lounge-type chairs near the capsule so they could re-adjust to the pull of gravity. The astronauts will later be taken to Karaganda, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) to the northeast. There they will undergo a longer medical exam and then be flown either to Moscow or Houston. The orbiting laborator...