SpaceX to Bring Astronauts to Short-Handed Space Station for Longer Stay

Two NASA astronauts gearing up to ride SpaceX’s new space taxi will now be on a mission planned to last more than a month, instead of a week, to help the short-handed crew aboard the International Space Station, the US space agency said on Friday.

The launch is scheduled for May 27 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida and will arrive at the ISS the following day. The mission, SpaceX’s first carrying humans, marks the company’s climactic test before NASA can certify its Crew Dragon capsule for regular operational flights.

Space Shuttle veterans Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are set

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SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2: First Commercial Space Taxi a Pit Stop on Musk’s Mars Quest

It all started with the dream of growing a rose on Mars.

That vision, Elon Musk’s vision, morphed into a shake-up of the old space industry, and a fleet of new private rockets. Now, those rockets will launch NASA astronauts from Florida to the International Space Station — the first time a for-profit company will carry astronauts into the cosmos.

It’s a milestone in the effort to commercialise space. But for Musk’s company, SpaceX, it’s also the latest milestone in a wild ride that began with epic failures and the threat of bankruptcy.

If the company’s eccentric founder and

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Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg See Wealth Balloon Amid Pandemic: Study

The fortunes of US billionaires rose 15 percent in the two months since the coronavirus pandemic hit, a study found, with Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg seeing massive gains. The more than 600 billionaires in the United States became even richer as tech stocks rose during virus lockdowns, an analysis of data by two think-tanks published Thursday said.

Between March 18 and May 19, their total net worth increased by $434 billion (roughly Rs. 32.97 lakh crores) while the coronavirus pandemic caused job losses and economic agony for tens of millions of Americans.

Bezos’ wealth grew

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Tenet Trailer Reveals Time Inversion Plot for Christopher Nolan’s Next Movie

Tenet trailer is here, and the movie is still supposed to open in theatres — though perhaps not in July as originally planned. Warner Bros. has unveiled a near three-minute look at Christopher Nolan’s next movie, which gives us a better idea of what it’s about (the prevention of World War III) and how it works. Tenet doesn’t involve time travel, just as star Robert Pattinson had said in an interview earlier this month, but rather — time inversion. Fellow star John David Washington says as much in the Tenet trailer, before dropping us into a live tutorial as the

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Apple, Google Release Early Version of Their Contact Tracing Tech, Say 23 Countries Show Interest

Authorities in 23 countries across five continents have sought access to contact tracing technology from Apple and Alphabet’s Google, the companies announced on Wednesday as they released the initial version of their system.

But authorities would have to stop requiring phone numbers from users under the companies’ rules, one of several restrictions that have left governments fighting the novel coronavirus frustrated that the world’s top two smartphone software makers undercut the technology’s usefulness by prioritizing user privacy.

Apple and Google said) several US states and 22 countries have sought access to their technology, but it is unclear how many

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NASA Human Spaceflight Chief Doug Loverro Resigns Ahead of Launch

NASA’s human spaceflight chief Doug Loverro has resigned, according to an internal memo seen by agency employees on Tuesday, just a week before the agency is scheduled to launch two astronauts into space from US soil for the first time since 2011.

The resignation capped Loverro’s brief role at the agency overseeing future astronaut launches and landing humans on the moon by 2024.

“Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Doug Loverro has resigned from his position effective Monday, May 18,” said the memo sent to employees on Tuesday and seen by Reuters.

It added that Ken Bowersox, NASA’s deputy

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