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Last man on moon warns new lunar missions of ‘deep space risks’

Last man on moon warns new lunar missions of ‘deep space risks’

Technology
By Greg Milam, US correspondent Harrison Schmitt says he doesn't much enjoy travelling by air these days.Having just celebrated his 84th birthday, he sighs at the prospect of a cross-country journey by passenger jet. When you've done a half-a-million-mile round trip to the moon in your lifetime, perhaps you come to perceive travel somewhat differently to the rest of us. Schmitt has travelled a lot this week, to honour and be honoured as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for the pinnacle of NASA's Apollo mission.He was one of the hundreds of thousands in the US space programme, the men and women who answered the call of President John F Kennedy and landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon in July 1969. ...
Conor McGregor breaks into Forbes top 100 celebrity rich list despite just one UFC fight in last year

Conor McGregor breaks into Forbes top 100 celebrity rich list despite just one UFC fight in last year

Sports
swimming in it Forbes released their list on Wednesday and the Notorious landed in 65th position overall Conor McGregor has only fought once in the past year but the UFC superstar is one of the highest-earning celebrities in the world. Forbes released their list of the top 100 highest-paid celebrities for 2019 on Wednesday and the ‘Notorious’ landed in 65th position overall. McGregor earned a staggering amount of money last year, despite only fighting once Forbes believe McGregor raked in as much as $ 47million as of July 2019, with most of that coming thanks to his most recent fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov. That fight reportedly earned him more than $ 30m in revenue and it was the biggest pay-per-view event in UFC history. The card was s
Harrowing last pictures show CBB star John McCririck looking frail before his death

Harrowing last pictures show CBB star John McCririck looking frail before his death

Entertainment
The Celebrity Big Brother star passed away today at a London hospital following battling various health issues for months.So severe were his issues, that John McCririck hauntingly revealed he was dying in November, following a chest infection.And the racing legend's last pictures showed the toll his various health issues were taking.John, who was 79 when he died, was snapped shortly before his death looking incredibly frail.In the outing back in January, John's shrinking frame was evident as he wore a scarlet-coloured blazer, which appeared to swamp him.He also wore a striking Make America Great Again cap.John explained last year that his fragile frame came after he caught a bout of flu.McCririck's death was first reported by the Racing Post, who said: "Sad to report that legendary racing ...
Trump ‘called Iran airstrikes off at the last minute’

Trump ‘called Iran airstrikes off at the last minute’

World
The US was planning to launch an attack against Iran on Thursday night but called it off at the last minute, according to a report.An unnamed US official told the Associated Press that US President Donald Trump had approved military strikes on targets such as radar and missile batteries but had pulled back. The New York Times reported planes were already in the air and ships in position when the order came to stand-down, according to unnamed administration officials. No missiles were fired.It was not clear whether Mr Trump changed his mind or whether there was a more strategic reason.It was also unclear whether the attacks would go ahead at a later date. Advertisement Mr Trump had been asked earlier in...
Study: Almost 600 plant species have gone extinct in last 250 years

Study: Almost 600 plant species have gone extinct in last 250 years

Science
June 11 (UPI) -- Almost 600 plant species have gone extinct in the last 250 years, which is twice the number of birds, mammals and amphibians to have disappeared from the Earth in the same period combined, according to a new study. Published Monday in the journal Nature, Ecology & Evolution, the study states that 571 plants have been wiped from the face of the Earth and plants species are going extinct 500 times faster than the normal rate of loss without human intervention. The number was calculated by one of the study's co-authors, Rafael Govaerts, after reviewing all publications on plant extinctions over 30 years. The study shows that the number of extinct plant species is four times higher than previous compilations and twice the combined 271 birds, mammals and amphibians record...