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Abandoned rocket ‘hits the Moon’ – scientists

Abandoned rocket ‘hits the Moon’ – scientists

Science
Peter BirtwhistleA discarded part of a rocket should have crashed into the Moon's far side by now, say scientists who were expecting the impact at 12:25 GMT. The three-tonne rocket part had been tracked for a number of years, but its origin was contested.At first, astronomers thought it might have belonged to Elon Musk's SpaceX firm, and then said it was Chinese - something China denies.The effects of the impact on the Moon should have been minor.The rocket stage would have dug out a small crater and created a plume of dust.Scientists hope to get confirmation in the coming days, or weeks.The rocket part was first sighted from Earth in March 2015. A Nasa-funded space survey in Arizona spotted it, but quickly lost interest when the object was shown not to be an asteroid.The rocket part is wh...

Futures rise slightly after S&P 500 hits fresh record

Finance
U.S. stock futures moved higher in overnight trading on Thursday after the S&P 500 notched a fresh record in the regular session.Dow futures rose about 50 points. S&P 500 futures gained 0.2% and Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.17%.The major averages rose on Thursday, bolstered by gains in technology stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 57 points, helped by a near-2% gain in Apple's stock.The S&P 500 climbed 0.42% and closed at a record high for the second day in a row.The Nasdaq Composite was the relative outperformer, gaining more than 1% as Amazon, Netflix, Microsoft and Google-parent Alphabet all closed higher.Investors largely shrugged off an unexpected jump in jobless claims from last week. The Labor Department reported first-time claims for the week ended April ...
West Ham ace Tomas Soucek hits first Czech Republic HAT-TRICK as Wales and Republic of Ireland stumble in World Cup qualifying openers

West Ham ace Tomas Soucek hits first Czech Republic HAT-TRICK as Wales and Republic of Ireland stumble in World Cup qualifying openers

Sports
Tomas Soucek has been a sensational addition to West Ham’s ranks since joining last January and he is now doing the business for Czech Republic. The Hammers midfielder completed a brilliant hat-trick for his nation as they got their World Cup qualifying campaign to a winning start with a thumping 6-2 victory over Estonia. Getty Soucek is doing the business for West Ham and Czech Republic His first was a towering header at a corner, the second was a sweetly-struck long-range effort and the third a simple tap-in. Elsewhere, Wales suffered an opening defeat in their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign as Kevin De Bruyne’s brilliance proved the difference in a 3-1 win for Belgium in Leuven. Harry Wilson stunned Belgium with a superbly-crafted 10th-minute ...
Covid-19: NHS waits at record high as second wave hits care

Covid-19: NHS waits at record high as second wave hits care

Health
Getty ImagesThe Covid surge in January hit key services including cancer and routine surgery, NHS England figures show.Less than half the expected number of operations were done, pushing the waiting list to a record-high of 4.6m.More than 300,000 of those have been waiting more than a year for treatment - compared to 1,600 before the pandemic began.Surgeons described it as a dire situation which would take a long time to turnaround.Tim Mitchell, of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, said: "Behind today's statistics are people waiting in limbo. "Many will be in considerable pain, others will have restricted mobility and be at risk of isolation and loneliness. "Dealing with this daunting backlog will take time, and also sustained investment in the NHS," he said.Similar problems are a...

Champions League live: Haaland hits landmark and celebrates in goalkeeper’s face after VAR drama, Ronaldo fights to keep Juventus alive in extra-time

Sports
[unable to retrieve full-text content]Keep up to date with all the latest football news, gossip and expert opinion on a busy night of Champions League action. HEADLINES Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp rules himself OUT of contention to become Germany manager this summer as search for Joachim Low’s replacement begins Edinson Cavani’s father says striker will quit Manchester United for […] talkSPORT