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“Few have come before, and many are about to follow” – Inspiration4 astronauts make history

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Four astronauts who have never been to space have embarked on a landmark voyage with a successful launch from the Kennedy Space Center

“Few have come before, and many are about to follow. The door’s open now and it’s pretty incredible,” Inspiration4 commander Jared Isaacman said close to 10 minutes after liftoff, as heard on SpaceX’s livestream.

Only 553 humans have ever been to orbit, and the 4 latest SpaceX astronauts are part of a historic crew, with not one member having ever been to orbit.

Unlike missions which SpaceX flies for NASA, Inspiration4 is not going to the space station.

Instead, the crew will orbit Earth for three days, at a much higher altitude than the International Space Station.

The company landed the Falcon 9 rocket booster on the company’s ocean droneship, and the Crew Dragon spacecraft continued on toward orbit.

This was the third successful landing for this rocket booster.

SpaceX capsule features largest window ever put in space

Here’s what the Inspiration4 crew is bringing to orbit

The crew suiting up
  • Jared Isaacman: A dragon pendant made for Isaacman’s wife and daughters
  • Chris Sembroski: Family heirloom pins
  • Hayley Arceneaux: A photo of Arceneaux at age 10, when she was fighting bone cancer
  • Sian Proctor: A commemorative coin from Guam, where she is from, and rings that belonged to Proctor’s mother and father. Proctor’s father passed away when she was 19 years old

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Jeff Bezos unveils plans for commercial space station

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Jeff Bezos’ space tourism company, Blue Origin, has announced plans to launch a space station in Earth’s orbit.

The station will be named “Orbital Reef,” and is projected to be built and operational by the end of the decade.

The company says the station will be serve as a “mixed-use business park” in space and will host up to 10 people.

Promotional material released by the company revealed the 32-thousand square foot station will provide customers with an ideal location for “filmmaking in microgravity”, or “conducting cutting-edge research”.

It’s also speculated that the space station will include a “space hotel”.

The company will partner with Sierra Space and Boeing to build the outpost.

The announcement comes amid NASA efforts to find a proposal to replace the International Space Station (ISS), which is now more than 20 years old and in desperate need of repair.

This will include $400m in private contracts to space companies to help the agency replace the ageing outpost.

There is likely to be stiff competition for the funding, and Blue Origin is the latest firm to unveil their space station concept, joining space firms Nanoracks, Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin, who have teamed up to launch a station into low orbit by 2027.

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Facebook, YouTube remove Bolsonaro video with false vaccine claim

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Facebook and YouTube have both removed videos from their platforms featuring Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, in which the leader makes a false claim that COVID-19 vaccines are linked to developing AIDS.

Both sites said the video violated their policies.

“We removed a video from Jair Bolsonaro’s channel for violating our medical disinformation policy regarding COVID-19 for alleging that vaccines don’t reduce the risk of contracting the disease and that they cause other infectious diseases, and that they cause other infectious diseases,” YouTube said in a statement.

Last month, YouTube moved to remove vaccine misinformation of all kinds from its platform, and has removed more than 1 million videos related to COVID-19 vaccine misinformation since the pandemic began.

Earlier this year, YouTube removed videos from Bolsonaro’s official channel where he recommended using hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin against COVID-19, two drugs that are proven to be ineffective in the treatment of the disease.

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Sudan’s military dissolves civilian rule

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Sudan Military Coup

Coup turns deadly with the country’s Prime Minister arrested and the military in power

A state of emergency has been declared and civilian rule has been dissolved in Sudan as a military coup escalates.

The coup leader has blamed political infighting as the reason behind the takeover… as political leaders are arrested.

Protests have erupted throughout the country, including the capital… with reports three people have died after being shot by armed forces.

The military and leaders have been clashing for years after Sudan’s previous ruler was overthrown two years ago.

At hospitals and medical clinics, doctors and healthcare professionals are refusing to work under military rule… meanwhile, experts believe the protests will only continue to escalate.

The army and other troops have been deployed across the capital… and the city’s airport is out of operation and international flights have been suspended.

Sudan’s internet is also down.

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