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Saturday, July 04, 2015

The American New Horizons spacecraft has made its last planned targeting manoeuvre as it bears down on Pluto. The probe is due to scream past the dwarf world on 14 July at almost 14km/s and at an altitude of just 12,500km. New Horizons' 23-second thruster burn will adjust very slightly its speed and arrival time. read more


Friday, July 03, 2015

Solar Impulse, the airplane powered only by the sun, has landed in Hawaii after making a historic 8,000-kilometer flight across the Pacific from Japan.
Pilot Andre Borschberg brought the vehicle gently down onto the runway at Kalaeloa Airport just before 6 a.m. local time. The distance covered and the time spent in the air - 118 hours - are records for manned, solar-powered flight. Meeting Borschberg in Kalaeloa was his partner on the Solar Impulse project, Bertrand Piccard. The pair are sharing flying duties in their quest to circumnavigate the globe -- an effort they began in Abu Dhabi, UAE, back in March. Piccard will fly the next leg from Hawaii to Phoenix. read more


Sunday, June 28, 2015

A solar-powered plane has started its second bid at a record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean. Solar Impulse took off from Nagoya Airfield in Japan at 18:03 GMT and is scheduled to land in Hawaii in approximately 120 hours. The team has spent nearly two months waiting for a clear weather window to cross the Pacific. read more


Kuwait says the attacker who carried out Friday's suicide bombing at a Shia mosque was a Saudi citizen. The interior ministry named the bomber as Fahd Suleiman Abdulmohsen al-Qaba'a, according to state media. The ministry said he flew into Kuwait on Friday just hours before he detonated explosives at the mosque, killing at least 27 people. read more


Saturday, June 27, 2015

A black woman has climbed the flagpole in the grounds of the South Carolina State House and removed its controversial Confederate flag. Bree Newsome climbed the 30-foot steel pole just after dawn on Saturday despite police telling her to come down, AP reported. A photo showed Newsome being taken into police custody and the flag was returned. Newsome describes herself on Twitter as a filmmaker, singer, songwriter and freedom fighter.


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