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Watch live: Rocket Lab plans launch, booster catch with helicopter after days of delays

Watch live: Rocket Lab plans launch, booster catch with helicopter after days of delays

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., May 2 (UPI) -- Unfavorable weather conditions pushed Rocket Lab's 26th launch of an Electron booster to the end of last week, and the company decided to wait for Monday to take a shot at catching the rocket with a helicopter for the first time. With final checks on its recovery system under way, the company now plans for liftoff around 6:41 p.m. EDT from Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. The mission, called "There and back again," will mark the first time Rocket Lab has attempted to recover one of its first stage boosters. If recovery with the helicopter is successful, the company also plans to conduct it's first booster offloading, with the aircraft dropping the rocket on to a waiting ship. "We don't usually give mother nature quite so much power over launch timing, but fo...
Officials preparing to remove cargo from Ever Given after 5 days blocking Suez Canal

Officials preparing to remove cargo from Ever Given after 5 days blocking Suez Canal

World
March 28 (UPI) -- Officials began preparing to unload cargo from the Ever Given after the massive cargo ship has remained lodged in the Suez Canal since Tuesday. Lt. Gen. Osama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, told Egyptian media that President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi had ordered officials to prepare for a "third scenario" of removing containers from the 1,300-foot, 200,000-ton ship to allow it to be refloated. Advertisement Rabie said that the president authorized the acquisition of special equipment necessary to move some of the 18,000 containers from the vessel. Leth Agencies, the canal's service provider, wrote on Twitter that tidal conditions did not help refloat the ship overnight, adding that a refloating effort on Sunday was postponed until 11 p.m. local time in order to ...
Covid: UK vaccination surge expected in coming days

Covid: UK vaccination surge expected in coming days

Health
Getty ImagesUK experts say there will be a big increase in the number of people being offered Covid vaccinations in the coming days. The number of shots given is expected to top 4 million this week, nearly double what has been achieved per week recently, NHS sources say.It should mean all over 50s will have been given at least one dose by the end of the month.That would put the NHS rollout two weeks ahead of schedule.The increase has been made possible by a large shipment of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute in India, which has arrived and passed safety checks.So far more than 24 million people have already received a first dose of Covid vaccine in the UK.Vaccination teams are now working their way through the priority list of people in their 50s and younger adults wi...
India v England: Hosts win astonishing third Test in two days

India v England: Hosts win astonishing third Test in two days

Sports
Third Test, Ahmedabad (day two)England 112 (Crawley 53; Axar 6-38) & 81 (Axar 5-32, Ashwin 4-48)India 145 (Rohit 66, Root 5-8, Leach 4-54) & 49-0India won by 10 wicketsScorecardEngland succumbed to a 10-wicket defeat against India inside two days of an astonishing third Test in Ahmedabad.On a scarcely believable day when both sides collapsed and 17 wickets fell in two sessions, India completed the quickest Test win since 1935 not long into the final session.England began the day with a thrilling fightback, turning India's overnight 99-3 into 145 all out.But, faced with a first-innings deficit of 33, England were bowled out for 81 as India's spinners ran riot once again.In a frenzied start to their second innings, England lost Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow within three balls - both...
Britain’s Prince Philip to be hospitalized for ‘several’ more days

Britain’s Prince Philip to be hospitalized for ‘several’ more days

World
Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Britain's Prince Philip will remain hospitalized for "several days" to receive treatment for an unspecified infection, Buckingham Palace announced Tuesday. The update to the duke of Edinburgh's health came one week after he first checked in to London's King Edward VII Hospital after feeling ill. Advertisement "The duke of Edinburgh remains at King Edward VII's hospital where he is receiving medical attention for an infection," the statement said. "He is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days." The duke's youngest son, Prince Edward, earl of Wessex, told Sky News he spoke to his father on the phone. "He's a lot better thank you very much indeed, and he's looking forward to getting out, which is the most positive thin...