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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 ...
Which festivals are going ahead and when do live gigs restart?

Which festivals are going ahead and when do live gigs restart?

Entertainment
Music fans have had a disappointing 12 months with festivals and gigs cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.But with the silver lining of lockdown easing on the horizon, many will be hoping they can get back into shows in the near future. Boris Johnson's COVID-19 roadmap says that from 17 May, fans may be able to get their first taste of live music for more than a year. No earlier than 21 June, as long as things go to plan, all limits on social contact will be removed. While some issues around mass events are still to be ironed out, the government is hoping to reopen nightclubs and lift restrictions on large gatherings such as festivals at this point.Below is a rolling list of live music shows - both festivals and touring acts - that have already revealed plans to hold events ...
Auto-debit of Atal Pension Yojana contributions will re-start from July 1

Auto-debit of Atal Pension Yojana contributions will re-start from July 1

Finance
From July 1, 2020, banks will restart auto-debiting monthly contributions from the accounts of Atal Pension Yojana (APY) subscribers. "As you are aware, vide its circular (Ref. No: PFRDA/2020/8/P&D-APY/1) dated April 11, 2020, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) had instructed Banks to stop auto-debit of APY contribution till 30th June, 2020. Accordingly, auto debit for APY contributions shall resume from 1st July, 2020," PFRDA stated in an email communication to subscribers of the scheme. Back in April, the PFRDA had announced that auto-debits from APY subscribers' bank accounts would be halted till June 30, 2020. The decision, PFRDA said, was taken as majority of the pension scheme subscribers belonged to the lower strata of society and were suffering the most d...
Asia Today: Australia to restart flights to New Zealand

Asia Today: Australia to restart flights to New Zealand

Health
Canberra Airport has opened a register for travelers interested in flying from the Australian capital to New Zealand on July 1 in a proposed resumption of international travelByThe Associated PressJune 4, 2020, 10:01 AM5 min read5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCANBERRA, Australia -- Canberra Airport opened a register for travelers interested in flying from the Australian capital to New Zealand on July 1 in a proposed resumption of international travel. The proposal to restart flights connecting the two capitals was under discussion between the two governments as well as Qantas and Air New Zealand, Canberra Airport Managing Director Stephen Byron said Thursday. Under the proposal, the flights between Canberra and Wellington would not require quarantine of pass...
Championship return: QPR ‘appalled’ by EFL plans for 20 June restart

Championship return: QPR ‘appalled’ by EFL plans for 20 June restart

Sports
QPR chief executive Lee Hoos says the club is "appalled by" and "vehemently opposed to" the English Football League's plans for the Championship to return on 20 June.Hoos says there was "absolutely no consultation" on the matter, claiming clubs learned of the news just before it came out at 21:00 BST on Sunday."I am absolutely stunned by this announcement," he added. No Championship fixtures have been played since 8 March."Incredibly, there has been absolutely no consultation with individual clubs nor with the Championship doctors' working group by the divisional representatives - or anyone else in the Football League - regarding this matter," Hoos told the QPR website."Having spoken with our...