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Blue Origin plans to launch largest crew yet Saturday

Blue Origin plans to launch largest crew yet Saturday

Science
Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rocket company plans to launch six people, its largest crew yet, including the daughter of late astronaut Alan Shepard and ABC News anchor Michael Strahan, into space Saturday from Texas. Blue Origin plans liftoff of the New Shepard rocket on its NS-19 mission at 8:45 a.m. CST from its Corn Ranch spaceport 160 miles east of El Paso. Launch personnel postponed a launch Wednesday because of high winds in the area. Previous launches in July and October carried Bezos and William Shatner, 90, respectively. Bezos also invited former aviator Wally Funk, 82, to fly with him in July. Those previous crews were composed of four people. Let's light this candle! We put Alan Shepard's famous words on the crew access gantry for the astronauts to see just before ...
NASA plans careful restart for Mars helicopter after quiet period

NASA plans careful restart for Mars helicopter after quiet period

Science
Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The Mars helicopter Ingenuity is on its own without NASA's guidance for two weeks as the sun interferes with communications to the Red Planet. Sometime around Oct. 14, NASA plans to check in with the helicopter and the Mars rover Perseverance. Previous rovers have endured so-called solar conjunction communication dropouts, but never has a tiny aircraft sat alone on the planet for so long with no Earthly contact. "Ingenuity is unique, something never tried before," Jaakko Karras, Ingenuity deputy operations lead, told UPI. "It contains all kinds of components and construction methodologies that have no parallel on Mars. We just don't know what will happen during the conjunction, although we're hopeful," Karras said. Potential hazards during conjunction include ...
Covid passports: Entertainment venues air concerns over plans

Covid passports: Entertainment venues air concerns over plans

Entertainment
Getty ImagesLeading figures in the UK entertainment industry have expressed reservations about the prospect of using Covid passports as venues reopen, especially if they require proof of vaccination.The government has said Covid-status certificates could be used at theatres, nightclubs and festivals from June.They could be used to prove if a person has been vaccinated, has had a recent negative test or has natural immunity.But some industry figures say they have "deep concerns" over the proposals.The announcement of a series of pilot events, which will start later this month, has already proved controversial.Trial events are due to take place at venues in Liverpool, as well as sporting fixtures including the Snooker World Championships and FA Cup Final.Covid passports are 'one option', say...
Covid-19 surge derails banks’ plans to get back to HQs

Covid-19 surge derails banks’ plans to get back to HQs

Finance
(This story originally appeared in on Apr 03, 2021)MUMBAI: Bank corporate offices are getting back to a work-from-home mode (WFH) with a skeletal staff attending office, given the resurgence of Covid in Mumbai where most of them are headquartered. Public sector banks, private sector banks and even the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) are moving back to last year’s system of working when Covid cases were first on the rise. Bankers said that there was a feeling of deja vu because of the increasing coronavirus numbers. The return to WFH comes at a time when banks were seeing more employees attend office following the roster system from February this year. The return to work had resulted in larger crowds in business districts. However, recently banks recorded multiple cases among staff members, f...
NASA plans to wow the public with new moon landing video, images

NASA plans to wow the public with new moon landing video, images

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., April 2 (UPI) -- NASA has started intense planning to capture public attention with high-definition video, photos and possible live streaming from the moon during upcoming Artemis missions. Grainy delayed footage -- sometimes in black and white only -- was a hallmark of the first Apollo moon landing in 1969. But even that captured 650 million viewers around the globe. Advertisement Artemis moon missions will feature images more like the heart-pounding video of the Mars rover Perseverance parachuting and blasting its way to the Red Planet's surface on Feb. 18, according to Artemis astronaut Scott Tingle. "I hope to be on the moon missions, but if I'm not, I'm going to be glued to my TV and I'm going to be watching almost everything that comes down," Tingle told UPI in an int...