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TESS snaps image of the stars as it swings by the moon en route to its final orbit

TESS snaps image of the stars as it swings by the moon en route to its final orbit

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May 18 (UPI) -- TESS, or the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, NASA's next-generation planet hunter, snapped a picture of the stars as it swung within 5,000 miles of the moon on Thursday, using the moon's gravity to fling itself toward its final orbit. With the feat, the spacecraft moved closer to the beginning of its scientific mission: photographing transiting exoplanets. The two-second test exposure, captured on Thursday, suggests the planet hunter's cameras are working properly. The plethora of stars in the image -- at least 2,000 of them -- showcases the broad perspective provided by TESS's four cameras. At the center of the image lies the southern constellation Centaurus. While TESS's scientific mission is largely the same as NASA's veteran planet hunter Kepler's -- to take im...
Hard to see a route back to management for Pardew – Wright

Hard to see a route back to management for Pardew – Wright

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Alan Pardew will struggle to get back into management after his departure from West Brom, says former England striker Ian Wright.The relegation-threatened Baggies parted company with Pardew on Monday after eight straight league defeats."Which chairman's going to give him a job to keep them in the Premier League?" said Wright on BBC 5 live."Even if he went into the Championship, which chairman is going to say I want Alan to come in and keep us in here?"Pardew leaves West Brom after four months as managerListen: West Brom pirates plotted to make Pardew walk the plank'Pardew, 56, was appointed on 29 November after the Baggies sacked Tony Pulis following a run of 10 Premier League games without ...
Eurostar launches London-Amsterdam route

Eurostar launches London-Amsterdam route

Business
Channel Tunnel train operator Eurostar is launching direct services between London and Amsterdam. Trains will run twice daily from 4 April, with the journey from St Pancras to Amsterdam taking three hours and 41 minutes.But for an initial period, the Eurostar service will only run direct one-way, from London to the Dutch city.Passengers travelling from Amsterdam to London will have to change at Brussels to clear passport controls. You might also like:Eurostar says the connection at Brussels is a temporary measure until the British and Dutch governments reach an agreement to allow passport checks to be conducted on departure in the Netherlands. It says this should be in place by the end of 2019. Analysis: Victoria Fritz, BBC transport correspondentIt's been a long time coming, but finally ...
New space station crew members are en route after Sunday blastoff

New space station crew members are en route after Sunday blastoff

Science
Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Members of Expedition 54 are on their way to the International Space Station after the Russian Soyuz rocket and spacecraft successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sunday morning.The craft is carrying commander Anton Shkaplerov, NASA flight engineer Scott Tingle and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai.The Soyuz-FG rocket blasted off at 2:21 a.m. ET, 1:21 p.m. local time. Nearly nine minutes after liftoff, the rocket's upper stage powered off its boosters and released the Soyuz-MS spacecraft into space.The craft will deliver the space station's newest inhabitants on Tuesday. It will be received by the Earth-facing docking port on the station's Russian Rassvet module.Upon arrival, Shkaplerov, Tingle and Kanai will join Expedition 54 Commander Alexan...
First tanker crosses northern sea route without ice breaker

First tanker crosses northern sea route without ice breaker

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A commercial LNG tanker has sailed across the colder, northern route from Europe to Asia without the protection of an ice-breaker for the first time. The specially-built ship completed the crossing in just six-and-a-half days setting a new record, according to tanker's Russian owners. The 300-metre-long Sovcomflot ship, the Christophe de Margerie, was carrying gas from Norway to South Korea.Rising Arctic temperatures are boosting commercial shipping across this route. The Christophe de Margerie is the world's first and, at present, only ice-breaking LNG carrier. The ship, which features a lightweight steel reinforced hull, is the largest commercial ship to receive Arc7 certification, which means it is capable of travelling through ice up to 2.1m thick. On this trip it was able to keep up a...