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Danes vaccinate 100,000 people in a day to test system

Danes vaccinate 100,000 people in a day to test system

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Denmark is vaccinating 100,000 people in one day as they test their system ahead of a June rollout where four times as many people will be vaccinated per dayByThe Associated PressApril 12, 2021, 9:55 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCOPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Denmark’s Health Minister declared Monday “the big vaccine day," with 100,000 people to be vaccinated in one day as officials test the system ahead of a June rollout where four times as many people as that will be vaccinated each day.The shots will be given in 68 inoculation centers across the country of nearly 6 million. The number will be lower Tuesday.Minister Magnus Heunicke said Danes will “set a new record,” and urged people to arrive on time and have high spirits.The bulk of the vaccination will be i...
Mars Ingenuity flight delayed after rotor test fails

Mars Ingenuity flight delayed after rotor test fails

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April 10 (UPI) -- NASA has delayed the first flight of the Ingenuity Mars helicopter until at least Wednesday. The agency announced the delay in a Saturday news release after a high-speed test of the helicopter's rotors abruptly stopped Friday. Advertisement The drone's watchdog timer expired as it was trying to transition the flight computer from "pre-flight" to "flight" mode, according to NASA. The watchdog timer oversees the command sequences and alerts the system to any potential problems, preventing the system from proceeding when an issue is detected. NASA described the helicopter as "safe and healthy" and said the Ingenuity Mars' team is reviewing telemetry to diagnose and understand the full-speed test. Friday's test was the last major one before the helicopter's first scheduled f...
SpaceX will try to stick the landing for new Starship test flight

SpaceX will try to stick the landing for new Starship test flight

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March 26 (UPI) -- SpaceX plans another attempt to fly and land the company's Starship moon and Mars rocket over sometime over the next four days from Boca Chica, Texas. The rocket company has filed for "no-fly" notices during daylight hours from Friday through Monday around the SpaceX launch facility in the community about 180 miles south of Corpus Christi. Advertisement Previous test flights of the giant, stainless steel rocket ended in fireballs in December, February and March. The tests are part of SpaceX's rapid prototype development methods, which the company used to develop its highly successful Falcon rockets. Starship is one of three spacecraft NASA has chosen as possible means to send astronauts back to the moon this decade. The space agency intends to choose two proposals for th...
Astronauts test virus-killing substance in space station

Astronauts test virus-killing substance in space station

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ORLANDO, Fla., March 19 (UPI) -- Astronauts on the International Space Station are testing surface coatings intended to kill viruses and germs, including the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The test for The Boeing Co. has astronaut Shannon Walker touch a dozen coated items daily -- like seatbelt buckles and plastic and cloth samples -- to transfer microbes commonly found on humans to them. Advertisement After six months in space, the items will return to Earth in early May, where researchers will determine how the microbes fared on the treated surfaces. NASA already has determined from previous experiments that microbes, especially bacteria, grow more readily in the microgravity of orbit. Boeing hasn't revealed exactly what the surface coating is, but a spokesman confirmed that it is a...
SLS: Successful test for world’s most powerful rocket

SLS: Successful test for world’s most powerful rocket

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NASANasa has carried out a successful test on part of the most powerful rocket in existence - the Space Launch System (SLS).Its engines were kept running for more than eight minutes - to simulate the time that it takes the rocket to get from the ground into space.It's the second such test for the biggest segment of the SLS, after an attempt in January shut down early.The SLS is to send humans to the lunar surface for the first time since 1972.The mission is part of Nasa's Artemis project, launched by the Trump administration in 2017.The test was carried out on the rocket's core stage. The SLS consists of the orange core, with its four powerful RS-25 engines, and two boosters attached to the sides. The RS-25s, built by California-based Aerojet Rocketdyne, are much the same engines that powe...