SpaceX managed to land its prototype Starship rocket at its Texas base without blowing it up on Wednesday, the first time it has succeeded in doing so in five attempts. The test flight represents a major win for the hard-charging company, which eventually wants to carry crew inside Starship for missions to Mars. "Starship landing nominal!" tweeted founder Elon Musk triumphantly, after the last four tries ended in big explosions. "Nominal" means normal in the context of spaceflight. The execution wasn't quite perfect, with a small fire engulfing the base of the 50 meter (160 feet) high rocket, dubbed SN15, shortly after landing. SpaceX webcaster John Insprucker explained this was "not unusual with the methane fuel we're using," adding engineers were still working out design issues. The flames were quickly put out with water cannons, footage showed. Earlier, the rocket took off at around 5:25pm local time (2225 GMT) from the Starbase in Boca Chica in southern Texas, reached … [Read more...] about Touchdown! SpaceX successfully lands Starship rocket
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Washington: NASA astronaut Michael Collins, who piloted the historic mission of Apollo 11 spacecraft Columbia in 1969, passed away on Wednesday due to cancer. He was 90. During the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, Collins remained in lunar orbit while fellow crew members Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended to the moon`s surface in the lunar module. When Armstrong and Aldrin descended to the moon`s surface on July 20, Collins was orbiting 65 miles above them and was momentarily almost forgotten as the world`s attention focused on his two crewmates below. "Today the nation lost a true pioneer and lifelong advocate for exploration in astronaut Michael Collins. As pilot of the Apollo 11 command module -- some called him `the loneliest man in history` -- while his colleagues walked on the Moon for the first time, he helped our nation achieve a defining milestone. He also distinguished himself in the Gemini Program and as an Air Force pilot," NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk, said in … [Read more...] about NASA’s Apollo 11 mission astronaut Michael Collins dies at 90
close Video SpaceX successfully launches NASA astronauts into space SpaceX successfully launches NASA astronauts from Kennedy Space Center into space. SpaceX achieved the first successful touchdown of its prototype Starship rocket during the latest test flight of the next-generation launch vehicle in south Texas on Wednesday, after four previous landing attempts ended in explosions . The feat marked a key milestone for the private rocket company of billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk in its development of a resusable heavy-lift launch vehicle to eventually carry astronauts and large cargo payloads to the moon and Mars. CHINESE ROCKET LIKELY TO MAKE UNCONTROLLED REENTRY ON MAY 8, REPORT SAYS The Starship SN15 blasted off from the SpaceX launch site in Boca Chica, Texas , along the Gulf Coast and reached its planned maximum altitude of 10 kilometers (6 miles), then hovered momentarily before flying nose-down under aerodynamic … [Read more...] about SpaceX’s Starship has successfully landed for the first time: what’s next?
Testing a new game's performance, in any meaningful way, is a challenge when it comes to PC gaming. With a platform as broad as ours, there are so many different permutations of parts and software that trying to give you an idea of how a new game might perform on your very personal computer is almost an impossible mission. The way we're planning on doing it this year is a little different from how we've approached it in previous years. We're never going to be able to hit your exact build, so we've created a set of representative rigs to illustrate how each new game release we test performs on a budget, mid-range, and high-end gaming PC. Which we know isn't easy in these silicon-starved times of ours; we've had to beg, charm, and borrow parts from all over to pull together these machines. MSI has shipped us the graphics cards and motherboards, AMD and Intel have provided the processors, we've plundered the PC Gamer kit cupboard for storage, and Corsair has provided the rest. … [Read more...] about Say hello to the new PC Gamer performance testing rigs
DUBAI: After nearly three decades in London, Christophe Reech was fed up with the city's COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. This spring, he sold his luxury townhouse and jetted off to the desert sheikhdom of Dubai to start a new life with his family. There was no turning back, he said. The French business magnate’s super wealthy foreign friends were doing the same, driving an unprecedented surge in sales of Dubai's most-exclusive properties. “Here in Dubai, there’s only one strategy: Business as usual,” said Reech, the chairman of an eponymous group that owns real estate and financial technology companies. The philosophy is simple: “Let's make sure everyone's vaccinated and keep everything open." “Of course that attracts people like me," he said. As vaccines roll out unevenly worldwide and waves of infections force countries to extend restrictions, foreign buyers flush with cash have flooded Dubai's high-end property market, one of the few places in the world where they can dine, … [Read more...] about Dubai luxury home market soars as world’s rich flee COVID-19 pandemic