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Rocket science as SpaceX blasts a Dragon Capsule into space

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2,000 kilograms worth of supplies are well on their way to the international space station thanks to SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX Flacon 9 rocket

SpaceX launched its 21st rocket of the year overnight, sending a cargo capsule toward the International Space Station.

The Dragon capsule was attached to a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket which launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre at 3.14am Eastern Daylight Time.  

A rocket-full of supplies

More than 2,000kg of supplies are being transported in the capsule, including food and hardware.

A new robotic arm is also making its debut into space which will be tested inside the space station’s Bishop Airlock.

The innovative technology will be used to flip switches and push buttons to replicate an astronaut. 

Also on board are medical supplies, and a number of materials such as concrete and solar panels.

Such materials will be tested to see how they react in space, with a number of experiments to take place. 

While most of the capsule’s contents appear to be for research purposes, astronauts will also receive a treat with food and even ice-cream on its way to the space station.

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A smooth landing

Less than eight minutes after takeoff, the Falcon 9 landed smoothly, touching down in the Atlantic Ocean. 

It landed on the newest of three drone ships, also known as “A Shortfall of Gravitas”.

The ship is the biggest of its kind and is part of a fleet of recovery vessels that catch falling boosters.

“That is the 90th successful landing of an orbital class rocket and the very first for our newest drone ship, ‘A Shortfall of Gravitas,'” Andy Tran of SpaceX said during a webcast.

“What a great way to start today’s mission.”

The dragon capsule is scheduled to arrive at the space station on Monday morning around 11am Eastern Daylight Time.

Written by Rebecca Borg

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New York Stock Exchange in free fall

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Human error sends the New York Stock Exchange tumbling

We’ve all made mistakes at the office from time to time, but spare a thought for one worker who may have single-handedly brought down the New York Stock Exchange with just one tiny error.

The mistake of one employee has wiped billions of dollars off the charts for some of the globe’s largest companies.

The individual reportedly triggered wild swings and volatility on the New York Stock Exchange.

A number of big brand names were caught up in the catastrophe. It included McDonald’s, Walmart, and Mobil.

The NYSE eventually came clean. Officials admitted the“root cause” of the screw-up was a “manual error” from a staff member in the backup data centre.

The employee accidentally left the system running.

That’s why some stocks behaved as if trading had already started, with no opening prices being set, sending the market into a meltdown. #trending #featured

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Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open

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A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open

 
Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.

Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.

A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.

Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.

After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.

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FBI Director discusses classified documents as U.S. lawmakers demand answers

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Bipartisan outrage on Capitol Hill as politicians say the Biden administration is stonewalling their quest for answers

FBI Director Christopher Wray is speaking out for the first time after several batches of classified documents were discovered in U.S. President Joe Biden’s Wilmington home and Washington think tank office.

On Thursday, Wray urged lawmakers and officials to be “conscious of the rules” when dealing with classified documents.

The statements appear to be a veiled criticism of President Biden after news broke that some of the classified papers in the President’s possession date back 14-years ago to when Biden was a Delaware Senator raising questions if this is a pattern for the president to mishandle classified information.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, there is bipartisan outrage as lawmakers say the Biden administration is stonewalling them in their quest for answers.

Currently, both Biden and former President Donald Trump are facing special counsel investigations into their mishandling of classified documents—and just this week, former Vice President Mike Pence turned over classified documents to the DOJ.

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