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



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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Pink-coloured pigeon rescued in New York



Pigeons come in a whole range of colours, but it seems pink isn’t one of them

That’s exactly what happened in New York though, where a bright-coloured bird was rescued.

Wildlife groups believe the pigeon was dyed as part of a gender reveal ceremony.

The feathery friend was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Madison Square Park.

In a statement, the Wild Bird Fund says they should never be dyed because of risks like starvation and even death.

It went on to say the “poor bird has it bad enough unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators.”

“But being a bright, unusual colour makes him even more of a target.”

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Iranian couple jailed for online dancing video



An Iranian couple have been given jail sentences totalling 10 years after posting a video online.

The two individuals, both in their 20s, were charged for supposedly promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

Authorities have been cracking down on public disobedience.

It follows the death of a woman who was detained by the country’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September last year, arrested for violating the rule requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf.

Anti-government protests swept across the country after the incident.

The two individuals in the dancing video were reportedly detained after posting the clip to their social media accounts – which have a combined following of more than two million people.

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Donald Trump claims deposition as “biggest witch hunt”



Donald Trump has described the investigation into his company as the “biggest witch hunt” in the history of the United States during a formal deposition.

In September 2022, the New York Attorney General Letitia James, announced she would be looking into the Trump organisation’s business practices.

James alleges the former president “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system”.

The lawsuit also takes aim at some of Trump’s children, and executives of his business.

During the deposition tape, Trump can be seen reading a lengthy statement.

During this, the former president asserts his constitutional right to not answer questions, while accusing James of investigating him out of political spite.

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