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SpaceX launches NASA’s water topography satellite into orbit

SpaceX launches NASA’s water topography satellite into orbit

Science
Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite launched Friday morning from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The SpaceX 9 rocket lifted off at 6:47 a.m., launching the mission that will provide NASA's first global survey of water on Earth's surface, measuring the elevation of water in major lakes, rivers and wetlands while observing ocean features in higher definition than ever before. The data will help researchers better understand the availability of Earth's freshwater resources, track regional sea level changes and monitor coastal processes. "Once in orbit, SWOT will measure the height of water in freshwater bodies and the ocean on more than 90% of Earth's surface," NASA officials said in a statement. "This information will provide insights into how th...
ULA launches two new Space Force tracking satellites into orbit

ULA launches two new Space Force tracking satellites into orbit

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- United Launch Alliance sent two space tracking satellites into orbit for the U.S. Space Force from Florida on Friday afternoon. The Atlas V rocket lifted off as planned at 2 p.m. EST into a mostly cloudy sky from Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station near Kennedy Space Center. The single solid rocket booster strapped to the rocket also ignited, contributing to the rocket's fiery plume. The satellites, GSSAP-5 and GSSAP-6, are to join four similar spacecraft in a high orbit around the Earth. They are designed to track manmade objects, or other spacecraft, in orbit. Two minutes after liftoff, ULA launch commentator Patrick Moore said the rocket was "38 miles in altitude, 35 miles downrange in distance and traveling at 4,200 miles per hour." The la...
Yuri Gagarin: Sixty years since the first man went into space

Yuri Gagarin: Sixty years since the first man went into space

Science
Sixty years ago, a man went into space for the very first time. For the USSR, Yuri Gagarin’s single orbit of the Earth was a huge achievement and propaganda coup. There will be celebrations across Russia to mark the anniversary. Our Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg reports on the day a new Russian hero was born, and meets the little girl who witnessed it.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Science & Environment
With ship now freed, a probe into Suez Canal blockage begins

With ship now freed, a probe into Suez Canal blockage begins

World
SUEZ, Egypt -- Experts boarded the massive container ship Tuesday that had blocked Egypt's vital Suez Canal and disrupted global trade for nearly a week, seeking answers to a single question that could have billions of dollars in legal repercussions: What went wrong?As convoys of ships again began traveling through the artery linking the Mediterranean and Red Seas, a canal service provider said more than 300 vessels carrying everything from crude oil to cattle were waiting for their turn, a process that will take days. Egyptian government officials, insurers, shippers and others similarly waited for more details about what caused the skyscraper-sized Ever Given to become wedged across the canal on March 23.When blame gets assigned, it will likely lead to years of litigation to recoup the c...

Three reasons March should act as a ‘springboard’ for stocks into April

Finance
In this article.SPXUS10YXLKXLEXLVXLPXLUXLCCFRA's Sam Stovall sees three reasons April should spell gains for stocks.Stovall, who's known for building market forecasts based on historical trends, highlights market instability over the past two weeks as his top bullish signal."The period after the Ides of March is typically volatile — actually falling about 60% of the time," the firm's chief investment strategist told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Monday. "Whenever that has happened, it sort of set up a nice springboard into April."So far this month, the S&P 500 is up more than 4%. However, the index is virtually flat since March 15. When the index slumps in March's second half, Stovall finds a positive April happens 77% of the time.He lists corporations' quarterly results as the second rea...