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Virgin Galactic completes first rocket-powered Unity space craft launch

Virgin Galactic completes first rocket-powered Unity space craft launch

Science
April 5 (UPI) -- Virgin Galactic successfully launched and landed its Unity spacecraft by rocket power, completing its first powered flight in almost four years.Richard Branson's space company shared a photo of the SpaceShipTwo model spacecraft as it blasted into the air above the Mojave Air and Space Port before going supersonic and landing safely."VSS Unity completed her first supersonic, rocket-powered flight this morning in Mojave, California. Another great test flight, another step closer to being," Virgin Galactic wrote on Twitter.Unity took off at about 8:02 a.m. as it was propelled to an altitude of 46,500 feet by the WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft, VMS Eve.Eve then released Unity from under its wing and the SpaceShipTwo's pilots Mark Stucky and Dave Mackay brought the spacecraft'...
Kenyatta wins second term and calls for unity

Kenyatta wins second term and calls for unity

World
Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta has won a second term, but opposition candidate Raila Odinga claims the vote was rigged.The country's election commission says Kenyatta won Tuesday's election with 54.27% of the vote, calling it "credible, fair and peaceful".Opposition leader Raila Odinga took 44.74%, said commission chairman Wafula Chebukati.Nearly 80% of the 19 million registered voters cast their ballots."Having fulfilled the requirement by law... I therefore wish to declare Uhuru Kenyatta... as President-elect," said Mr Chebukati.Kenyan police fired tear gas to contain protests which broke out minutes after the winner was declared.The protests erupted in Kisumu city, an opposition stronghold, and Mathare, a Nairobi slum, witnesses said.Image:Mr Odinga's opposition claims figures release...