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First of three Mars missions ready to arrive

First of three Mars missions ready to arrive

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A new era of Mars exploration will begin Monday with the expected arrival of the United Arab Emirates' Hope spacecraft in the vicinity of the Red Planet -- the first of three such arrivals planned for February. The UAE probe will near Mars late Monday, and the mission will make a final, 27-minute orbital insertion burn, or correction, starting at 10:30 a.m. EST Tuesday. Advertisement Hope's arrival is to be followed Wednesday by China's Tianwen-1 probe and NASA's Perseverance rover Feb 18. Tense moments await all three missions because reaching the planet is only a first step in a complex series of maneuvers to either gain a precise, intended orbit or land on the surface, said Briony Horgan, a NASA Perseverance team scientist. When it arrives, the NASA rove...
Astronauts arrive in Florida for historic launch Saturday

Astronauts arrive in Florida for historic launch Saturday

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Four astronauts arrived in Florida on Sunday afternoon in anticipation of the first launch of four people in a space capsule at week's end. SpaceX's Dragon space capsule, named Resilience, is expected to lift off at 7:49 p.m. Saturday from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Advertisement The mission is important as the first routine flight of the Dragon to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Crew Program, the agency's Administrator Jim Bridenstine said. That means Elon Musk's SpaceX owns the capsule and the Falcon 9 rocket on which it will launch, while NASA owned Apollo capsules and space shuttles. "So today ... we are taking another big leap in this transformation and how we do human spaceflight," Bridenstine said. The arrival...
Chilean man due to arrive in France to face murder charge

Chilean man due to arrive in France to face murder charge

World
A plane carrying a Chilean man accused of murdering a Japanese student in France nearly four years ago has landed at a Paris airport Friday morning as part of his extradition processByThe Associated PressJuly 24, 2020, 10:14 AM2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePARIS -- A plane carrying a Chilean man accused of murdering a Japanese student in France nearly four years ago landed at a Paris airport Friday morning as part of his extradition process. Nicolas Zepeda, 29, had been under house arrest at his mother’s apartment in the resort of Viña del Mar, 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of Santiago. He is charged in France with premeditated murder in the alleged 2016 slaying of Narumi Kurosaki, 21. The body of the young Japanese woman, who was living on the Besanco...
250 soldiers arrive for nine-month rotation in Germany

250 soldiers arrive for nine-month rotation in Germany

Business
July 2 (UPI) -- About 250 soldiers have arrived in Germany for a nine-month rotation to support Operation Atlantic Resolve, the Pentagon announced Thursday. According to the Department of Defense, the troops will spend their first two weeks at Camp Kasserine in Grafenwoehr, isolated in small groups to prevent the spread of COVID-19 before moving to forward locations alongside allies and partners. Advertisement While the soldiers are isolating, the aviation brigade will conduct lower-level, individual training at the base. ''With COVID being both present in the United States and Germany, we wanted to make sure, for our host nation partners, that we do not bring any infections into the area,'' said Army Lt. Col. Benjamin Ingram,the brigade surgeon for 41st Field Artillery Brigade, 7th Army ...
SpaceX’s historic encore: Astronauts arrive at space station

SpaceX’s historic encore: Astronauts arrive at space station

Technology
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Sunday, following up a historic liftoff with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk’s company. With test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken poised to take over manual control if necessary, the SpaceX Dragon capsule pulled up to the station and docked automatically, no assistance needed. The hatches swung open a few hours later, and the two Dragon riders floated into the orbiting lab and embraced the three station residents. Unlike the SpaceX and NASA flight control rooms, where everyone was spaced well apart, there was no social distancing or masks needed in orbit since the new arrivals had been in quarantine for many weeks. “The whole world saw this mission...