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North Korea agrees to shut missile site, says Moon

North Korea agrees to shut missile site, says Moon

World
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to shut one of the country's main missile testing and launch sites, says the South's President Moon Jae-in.After meeting in Pyongyang, the two leaders "agreed on a way to achieve denuclearisation," said Mr Moon. The agreement was described by Mr Kim as a "leap forward" towards military peace on the peninsula.Mr Kim also said he hoped to "visit Seoul in the near future" - he would be the first North Korean leader to do so.Summit results: DenuclearisationThe main focus of the summit was the issue of denuclearisation. While the US and North Korea agreed in broad terms earlier this year to work towards that goal, negotiations have stalled. Pyongyang has now sought to reconfirm its commitment...
Watch live: Elon Musk to announce first private passenger to fly around the moon

Watch live: Elon Musk to announce first private passenger to fly around the moon

Science
Sept. 17 (UPI) -- SpaceX founder Elon Musk is set to announce the first private space passenger to fly around the moon on Monday evening. Musk's announcement will be streamed live online. Coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET. According to SpaceX, the mystery passenger will be carried on a trip around around the moon on the aerospace company's next-generation rocket, the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR. The plans aren't exactly new. In 2017, SpaceX said two unnamed people had put down large deposits to reserve a spot on the private lunar flight. Originally, the Falcon Heavy -- which completed its first static test fire earlier this year -- was scheduled to carry space tourists to the moon and back. Those plans were nixed. Now, if all goes as planned, passengers will by ferried by BFR. As The Verge repo...
SpaceX changes plans to send tourists around the moon

SpaceX changes plans to send tourists around the moon

Technology
SpaceX said it has signed the first private moon traveler, with some changes to its original game plan. The big reveal on who it is — and when the flight to the moon will be — will be announced Monday at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California. It's not the same mission SpaceX founder Elon Musk outlined last year. The original plan called for two paying passengers to fly around the moon this year, using a Falcon Heavy rocket and a Dragon crew capsule. At the time, Musk said the pair approached SpaceX about sending them on a weeklong flight and paid a "significant" deposit for the trip. The new strategy is to still fly around the moon, but using an even bigger SpaceX rocket still in development that has its own dedicated passenger ship. And now, it appears there wi...
Moon Jae-in calls for ‘complete denuclearization’ with incentives

Moon Jae-in calls for ‘complete denuclearization’ with incentives

World
Aug. 15 (UPI) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivered a message of incentives to Kim Jong Un on Wednesday, pledging economic assistance in return for North Korea's denuclearization. Moon, whose next step is a third summit with Kim in Pyongyang sometime in September, called for peace, economic development and an end to weapons proliferation that escalated tensions, South Korean news service Money Today reported Wednesday. "We must overcome such a division for our survival and development. Even though a political unification may be a long way from here, establishing peace between the South and the North and freely visiting each other, and forming a joint economic community is true liberation to us," Moon said, according to Yonhap. Moon also said North Korea's "complete denuclearizat...
Rare blood moon stuns worldwide – but not in UK

Rare blood moon stuns worldwide – but not in UK

Technology
From Greece to Abu Dhabi, Australia to Iraq, a stunning blood moon as spectacular as it was rare lit up the night sky around the world on Friday night.It marked the start of the longest total lunar eclipse we will see this century, passing between the sun and the Earth for a grand total of 103 minutes.Lauded as a "real celestial treat" by Professor Andrew Coats of Mullard Space Science Laboratory, and a "freak of nature" by space journalist Sarah Cruddas, it certainly lived up to its billing.A blood moon is actually a lunar eclipse - caused by the Earth passing between the moon and the sun.Only light that is refracted through Earth's atmosphere manages to reach the moon, with everything outside of the red wavelengths being scattered, leaving the moon looking blood red.An incredibly stormy ...