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The spacecraft attached to ISS via "soft capture" at 5:51 a.m. Aerospace company SpaceX and NASA launched the uncrewed Dragon spacecraft in the early hours of Saturday morning from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, marking a significant step forward in NASA again being able to send astronauts to space without the assistance of its global partners.
  • Japan Says It Will Withdraw From IWC And Resume Commercial Whaling

    Japan Says It Will Withdraw From IWC And Resume Commercial Whaling

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    Suga said that "although scientific evidence has confirmed that certain whale species/stocks of whales are abundant", anti-whaling countries remain focused "exclusively on the protection of whales". In a notable shift, Japan also said it will no longer conduct controversial hunts in the Antarctic Ocean - where its fleet of whaling ships have killed 333 whales in each of the past two years, under the justification of performing whale research.
  • Japan mulling IWC withdrawal to resume commercial whaling

    Japan mulling IWC withdrawal to resume commercial whaling

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    The Japanese government is considering commercial whaling only in seas near Japan and its exclusive economic zone, Kyodo reported. Officials in Japan say eating whales is part of its culture. In September it proposed the ban should be lifted, claiming whale numbers are increasing, but anti-whaling nations led by Australia, the European Union and the United States voted down Japan's proposal.
  • NASA's InSight lands on Mars after six-month journey

    NASA's InSight lands on Mars after six-month journey

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    Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) near Los Angeles said the successful landing was confirmed by signals relayed to Earth from one of two miniature satellites that were launched along with InSight and flying past Mars when it arrived.
  • Keystone XL pipeline: judge rules government 'jumped the gun' and orders halt

    Keystone XL pipeline: judge rules government 'jumped the gun' and orders halt

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    TransCanada Corp.'s long-troubled Keystone XL oil pipeline project hit another roadblock as a U.S. District Court in Montana ruled it must wait for a further environmental review. TransCanada said in a statement to BNN Bloomberg that the company is reviewing the USA judge's ruling on Keystone XL. It has become the focal point of a decade-long dispute that pits Democrats, environmental groups and Native American tribes who warn of pollution and increased greenhouse gas emissions against ...
  • China congratulates Jair Bolsonaro on election as Brazilian president

    China congratulates Jair Bolsonaro on election as Brazilian president

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    Brazil is already the deadliest country in the world in which to defend your land, with at least 57 people murdered a year ago, 25 of them in three massacres. Bolsonaro himself was stabbed in the abdomen at a rally last month and will need to undergo surgery in mid-December to remove a colostomy bag before he can travel to Santiago and Washington.
  • Atlantic Hurricane Oscar moving westward: NHC

    Atlantic Hurricane Oscar moving westward: NHC

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    Hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean usually starts from the month of June and lasts till November 30. Sub-Tropical Storm Oscar is located 1120 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and is moving to the west-northwest at 12 mph (19 km/h). Oscar is forecast to continue to strengthen through Monday night, then gradually weaken in the open Atlantic. A turn toward the north-northwest is forecast on Monday.
  • Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Awarded Lucrative Military Contract

    Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Awarded Lucrative Military Contract

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    The funding awards , however, are not necessarily a guarantee that these companies will win launch contracts in the future, the Air Force said in a statement. New Glenn is described as a 7-meter-diameter (23 ft), two- or three-stage rocket. The rocket configuration consists of first and second solid rocket stages and strap-on solid boosters manufactured by Northrop Grumman , and a cryogenic liquid upper stage powered by Aerojet Rocketdyne's RL10C engine.
  • What to expect in Orlando area from 'monstrous' Hurricane Michael

    What to expect in Orlando area from 'monstrous' Hurricane Michael

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    By 8 p.m. Monday, Michael's top sustained winds were around 85 miles per hour (140 kph) as it headed north at 12 miles per hour (19 kph). The storm is expected to unleash coastal storm surges of up to 12 feet (3.7 meters) along Florida's Panhandle and dump as much as a foot (30 cm) of rain across Florida, Georgia and SC, the National Hurricane Center ( NHC ) reported.
  • SpaceX lands its first rocket on West Coast ground

    SpaceX lands its first rocket on West Coast ground

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    The mission got underway at 7:21:28 p.m. PDT (GMT-7; 10:21 p.m. EDT), a bit less than an hour after sunset, when the booster's nine Merlin 1D engines ignited, throttled up to full thrust and quickly pushed the 229-foot-tall rocket away from Launch Complex 4-East.
  • Tropical Storm Kirk forms in Atlantic Ocean

    Tropical Storm Kirk forms in Atlantic Ocean

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    The NHC projects the storm to remain at tropical storm status as it approaches the Lesser Antilles at the end of the workweek. The storm will continue a westward path and could strengthen a little by Tuesday. First, a non- tropical low pressure system now located about 1000 miles west-southwest of the Azores is producing gale-force winds with some associated showers and thunderstorms.
  • Small North Carolina town latest to feel Florence’s fury

    Small North Carolina town latest to feel Florence’s fury

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    South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster estimated damage from the flood in his state at $1.2 billion in a letter that says the flooding will be the worst disaster in the state's modern history. Parts of the main north-south route on the East coast, Interstate 95, and the main road to Wilmington, Interstate 40, remain flooded and will likely be closed at least until almost the end of September, North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon said.
  • Rivers flood as death toll rises from Hurricane Florence

    Rivers flood as death toll rises from Hurricane Florence

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    But with radar showing parts of the storm over six Southeastern states and flood worries spreading into southern Virginia and West Virginia, North and SC were still in the bull's-eye. The National Weather Service continues to warn of life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding. A campaign sign is under water on Pamlico St in Belhaven, N.C.
  • SpaceX name FIRST PERSON it will take around the Moon

    SpaceX name FIRST PERSON it will take around the Moon

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    He continued: "Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon ... just staring at the moon filled my imagination ... it's continued to inspire humanity, and that's why I could not pass up this opportunity to see the moon up close". The first space tourist was Dennis Tito, an American businessman who in 2001 paid some $20million to fly on a Russian spaceship to the International Space Station.
  • Tropical Storm Florence to batter U.S. for days, officials warn

    Tropical Storm Florence to batter U.S. for days, officials warn

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    The father of the child, who was also in the house, was transported to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center with injuries, police added, without releasing the names of the casualties. "That is a lot of rain and all that rain runs off into the rivers and we've been talking about this - there is elevation as you get further west into North Carolina".
  • NOAA: Sub-Tropical Storm Joyce Projected Path, Spaghetti Models

    NOAA: Sub-Tropical Storm Joyce Projected Path, Spaghetti Models

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    Winds of up to 80mph could hit the county on Monday night, forecasters warned. As three powerful storms march one by one across the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S. The storm is likely to die out by Wednesday. Florence is expected to slow down as it approaches the Carolina coast over the next several days. "The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves", the NHC said.
  • Can you return to Hilton Head, Beaufort Co. after Hurricane Florence evacuation?

    Can you return to Hilton Head, Beaufort Co. after Hurricane Florence evacuation?

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    Residents in eight counties along the coast - Jasper, Beaufort, Colleton, Charleston , Dorchester , Berkeley , Georgetown and Horry - must begin evacuating by noon Tuesday, McMaster said at a news briefing. The storm is so huge that SC won't be spared even if it escapes the eye of the hurricane. Its centre will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of South or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Centre said.
  • Florence weakens to Category 2 hurricane but still life-threatening: NHC

    Florence weakens to Category 2 hurricane but still life-threatening: NHC

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    SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of 1 million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination. Despite the drop in maximum sustained winds, forecasters stress that this hurricane is not to be taken lightly. Thousands of Marines and their families evacuated from Camp Lejeune, leaving the rest to dig in ahead of what could be a direct hit.
  • Hurricane watch issued for Lowcountry coast; Florence maintains Category 4 strength

    Hurricane watch issued for Lowcountry coast; Florence maintains Category 4 strength

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    East Coast. In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia is now a Category 1 storm with winds of 75 mph, and is approximately 595 miles east-northeast of Hilo, Hawaii, as of 5 p.m. Farther north into the Delmarva Peninsula, residents of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and NY and coastal and inland areas should also monitor the storm and prepare in case the forecast shifts to the north and east.
  • Could Florence threaten Cape Cod as a hurricane?

    Could Florence threaten Cape Cod as a hurricane?

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    The Hurricane Center is forecasting a turn toward the west-northwest with a further decrease in forward speed expected later Thursday, followed by a turn toward the west by the weekend. East Coast next week has increased", according to the 11 a.m. NHC forecast discussion. Some forecast models showed Florence slamming into land by late next week, while others indicated the storm would curve away from shore.