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Mars helicopter to sit dormant until radio contact restored

Mars helicopter to sit dormant until radio contact restored

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- NASA's Mars helicopter may have to wait days to overcome a blocked radio signal caused by hills between it and the Perseverance rover in Jezero Crater, a NASA official said. Until then, the tiny helicopter that has captured the imagination and attention of people around the globe will sit quietly, charging its solar-powered batteries, Teddy Tzanetos, Ingenuity program lead, said in an interview. "Eventually, one way or another, we will get much better communications, so it's just a question of when are we going to try again," Tzanetos said. The helicopter lost radio contact with the rover Sunday when it descended to a landing behind a hill after flying about 1/10 of a mile. After a 15-minute blackout, the rover managed to receive broken transmissions from I...
Kevin de Bruyne: Man City midfielder signs new deal that runs until 2025

Kevin de Bruyne: Man City midfielder signs new deal that runs until 2025

Sports
Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has signed a new contract with the Premier League leaders that runs until 2025.The 29-year-old Belgium international had more than two years remaining on his previous deal.De Bruyne has won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup four times since joining City from Wolfsburg in the summer of 2015."Signing this contract was a straightforward decision," he said."This football club is geared for success. It offers me everything I need to maximise my performance."The Belgian has again been instrumental for Pep Guardiola's side this season as they chase an unprecedented quadruple.Despite his campaign being interrupted by injuries, De Bruyne has scored eight goals and provided 16 assists in 33 appearances.He scored the opening goal in Tu...
Paul Heckingbottom named Sheffield United interim boss until end of season following Chris Wilder’s departure

Paul Heckingbottom named Sheffield United interim boss until end of season following Chris Wilder’s departure

Sports
Sheffield United have confirmed under-23s manager Paul Heckingbottom will take charge of the team for the remainder of the season following Chris Wilder’s departure. Wilder’s five-year association with the Blades came to an end on Saturday night by mutual consent. Getty Images Tindall is expected to make the move to Bramall Lane Heckingbottom, who has previously managed Barnsley, Leeds and Hibernian, will be assisted by former Bournemouth boss Jason Tindall and Wilder’s former assistant Alan Knill. It is a great honour to be considered to lead this club until the end of the season and I thank the board for putting their trust in me,” Heckingbottom told sufc.co.uk. “We have a lot of work to do, but have a great support network, all of whom will bring ...
Furlough support scheme to be extended until September

Furlough support scheme to be extended until September

Business
Getty ImagesThe government is to announce it is extending the furlough scheme until the end of September in Wednesday's Budget. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the scheme - which pays 80% of workers' wages - would help millions through "the challenging months ahead".Some 600,000 more self-employed people will also be eligible for government help as access to grants is widened. Mr Sunak called the support schemes a "lifeline", but Labour said they should have been extended "months ago". There are currently about four million people who are using the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) - or furlough - the highest level since last summer.The scheme has been credited for slowing the pace of job losses as tens of thousands of businesses remain shut, with nine million people furloughed at its pe...
PM announces new lockdown for England expected to last until mid-February

PM announces new lockdown for England expected to last until mid-February

Business
Boris Johnson has announced a new national lockdown for England - with people instructed to "stay at home" as they did during last March's first shutdown.The prime minister revealed the action in an eight-minute TV address on Monday night, after being told that COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly in every part of the country due to the new coronavirus variant. The public are being asked to follow the new rules, which have now replaced England's tiers system.It is expected the new lockdown in England - the third time a national shutdown has been introduced - will last until the middle of February.Mr Johnson expressed his hope that, at this point, the most vulnerable will have all been offered the first dose of a vaccine. ...