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Rocket Lab: Latest mission from New Zealand lost in flight

Rocket Lab: Latest mission from New Zealand lost in flight

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The American launch company that flies its rockets out of New Zealand has lost its latest mission.Rocket Lab said its Electron vehicle failed late in its ascent from Mahia Peninsula on North Island.All satellite payloads are assumed to have been destroyed.These included imaging spacecraft from Canon Electronics of Japan and Planet Labs Inc of California, as well as a technology demonstration platform from a UK start-up called In-Space Missions. Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck apologised to his customers. "I am incredibly sorry that we failed to deliver our customers' satellites today. Rest assured we will find the issue, correct it and be back on the pad soon," he said on Twitter.Rocket Lab has made everyone in the space sector sit up ...
The Latest: Texas has its biggest daily rise in virus cases

The Latest: Texas has its biggest daily rise in virus cases

Health
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas has reported its biggest daily increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases — 8,258. Hospitalizations also continue to climb. Much of Texas began mandating face coverings Friday on the orders of Gov. Greg Abbott. The mask order carries a $ 250 fine. The order is the most dramatic about-face that Abbott has made as he retreats from what stood out as one of America’s swiftest reopenings. Texas health officials on Saturday said the state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases is now at 191,790. State health officials also reported 33 additional deaths linked to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. That brings Texas’ total to 2,608 deaths. Hospitalizations stood at 7,890 on Saturday, an increase of 238 from Friday. ——— HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNO
The Latest: Hungary still closed for most non-EU citizens

The Latest: Hungary still closed for most non-EU citizens

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BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary’s prime minister says that, except for Serbia, his country will not open its borders to citizens from several countries outside the European Union, as recommended earlier this week by the Council of the European Union. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Thursday in a video posted on his Facebook page that Hungary is also reinstating the “humanitarian corridors,” designated routes which foreigners in transit can use to drive through Hungary. The Council on Tuesday recommended that from July 1, member states should start lifting the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents from 14 non-EU countries, including Canada, Japan, Uruguay, Montenegro, New Zealand and South Korea. Orban said that “for now, except for Serbia, we can’t comply with the EU requ
The Latest: Egypt reopens airports, museums, Giza Pyramids

The Latest: Egypt reopens airports, museums, Giza Pyramids

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CAIRO - Egypt has reopened its airports, the Egyptian museum and the famed Giza Pyramids in Cairo, for the first time in more than three months since the coronavirus closure. The national carrier, EgyptAir, said around 2,000 passengers left Cairo's international airport on 14 international flights on Wednesday. Two flights carrying over 350 Ukrainian tourists landed in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada and the major resort and beach destination of Sharm el Sheikh in the southern part of Sinai Peninsula. Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said around two dozen museums and tourist sites also received visitors with preventive measures in place against the coronavirus. They include the Egyptian museum, the Giza Pyramids and the Citadel of Saladin in Cairo,...
The Latest: Oregon, Kansas set to require face coverings

The Latest: Oregon, Kansas set to require face coverings

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SALEM, Ore. — Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday that people throughout Oregon will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces starting Wednesday to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The guidance applies to businesses and members of the public visiting indoor public spaces, she said in a news release. Face covering requirements were mandated in eight counties last week. Over the past month, Brown said the disease has spread at an alarming rate in both urban and rural counties. Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth play a critical role in reducing the spread of the disease because droplets from people’s breath can carry the virus to others without people realizing it, she said. She said she did not want to close businesses again as has happened in other states th