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Grace mission launches to weigh Earth's water

Grace mission launches to weigh Earth's water

Science
A joint US-German mission has gone into orbit to weigh the water on Earth. The Grace satellites are replacing a pair of highly successful spacecraft that stopped working last year. Like their predecessors, the new duo will circle the globe and sense tiny variations in the pull of gravity that result from movements in mass. These could be a signal of the land swelling after prolonged rains, or of ice draining from the poles as they melt in a warming climate. The satellites were launched on Tuesday aboard a SpaceX rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force base in California. It will take a number of weeks to prepare and test the spacecraft before they can start gathering data. Space lasers to track Earth's ice Europe plans Sentinels expansion ...
Ikea launches a new credit card

Ikea launches a new credit card

Finance
Watch this robot assemble an IKEA chair in minutes Sure, credit cards that reward dining and hotels are great — if you're a person who travels or eats out a lot. But for the many people who spend more time at home, Ikea is betting you want rewards, too. The furniture and housewares store is launching a new Ikea Visa card that offers store rewards and perks. Designed to help make Ikea shopping more affordable, cardholders earn rewards on their Ikea purchases and everyday spending such as utilities, gas and groceries, that they put toward purchasing Ikea products. The card has no fees or deferred interest. The card offers 5% back on every Ikea purchase, including its Task Rabbit construction and installation service; 3% back on all dining, grocery and utilities p...
SpaceX's Block 5 launches, lands safely, delivers satellite into orbit

SpaceX's Block 5 launches, lands safely, delivers satellite into orbit

Science
May 11 (UPI) -- On the second launch attempt, SpaceX's Block 5 rocket, the final iteration of the Falcon 9, successfully blasted off on Friday. The updated rocket model, upgraded to enhance reusability, carried a Bangabandhu Satellite-1 into geostationary orbit. It will be the first Bangladeshi communications satellite put into space. The rocket launched right on time at 4:14 p.m. ET from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On Thursday, a last-minute abort alert forced SpaceX to abandon it's launch plans. The brief launch window didn't give engineers enough time to identify and correct the technical glitch. However, statements from SpaceX suggested the problem was with ground support systems, not the rocket itself. After launch, the mission achieved a quick successi...
Syrian media: Israel launches airstrike near Damascus

Syrian media: Israel launches airstrike near Damascus

World
May 8 (UPI) -- Syrian media blamed Israeli airstrikes for explosions south of the capital of Damascus on Tuesday.Israeli fighter jets struck a Syrian army position south of Damascus, a pro-Assad commander said. There were no casualties.Syrian state media reported that the country's air defenses intercepted two Israeli missiles in the Al- Kiswah area.The Israeli military didn't confirm the strike; it has a policy against commenting on Syrian airstrikes.Israeli military officials previously called for local governments to prepare bomb shelters after "abnormal movements of Iranian forces in Syria" and warned residents of the Golan Heights region, near the Israel-Syria border, of a potential airstrike.Israel Defense Forces also deployed missile defense batteries in northern Israel, stating "th...
ULA rocket launches NASA's Mars lander

ULA rocket launches NASA's Mars lander

Science
May 5 (UPI) -- NASA's newest Mars mission, the InSight lander, blasted off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 4:05 a.m. PT (7:05 a.m. ET).A two-stage Atlas V 401 rocket carried the lander and its instruments into space. Because InSight is slightly smaller than typical Mars-bound spacecraft, United Launch Alliance was able to deploy a smaller, lighter rocket.Saturday's blastoff marked the first time a planetary mission has launched from the West Coast. Putting a spacecraft into a Mars-bound trajectory from the Pacific side of the United States requires a bit more thrust, and thus, a bit more fuel.But the smaller, lighter rocket and payload can go farther and faster without expending too much fuel.In all, it will take about six months for InSight to reach Mars. InSight is a lande...