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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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
(AFP) HONG KONG – Most markets across Asia rose Thursday as investors welcomed a strong jobs report from the United States that reinforced optimism that the world’s top economy is well on the recovery track, though inflation concerns continue to dog trading floors. The White House’s support for a global waiver on patent protections for Covid vaccines also provided some cheer as it lifted hope for a speedier recovery in poorer nations that have struggled to access the life-saving drugs. US private firms added 742,000 jobs in April, payrolls firm ADP said Wednesday, marking a fourth straight monthly gain, with much of them in the crucial services sector, which was hardest hit by virus lockdowns and other restrictions last year. The reading, while slightly short of forecasts, confirmed that the battle against unemployment is being won, and analysts said the improvement was expected to continue as the reopening continues. It also bodes well for Friday’s closely watched … [Read more...] about Most Asian markets lifted by recovery optimism
Photo: Gie Knaeps/Getty Images Truth or Dare is a snapshot of stardom in 1991, before fame was something that existed in people’s pockets. Pop documentaries have surged in the past decade, with many younger artists striving to make their own versions of Truth or Dare . Try as they might, Beyoncé , Taylor Swift , Billie Eilish , Lady Gaga , Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, the Jonas Brothers, Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato , Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes , and Coldplay can’t quite replicate the novelty of early-’90s Madonna. (Time will tell whether Pink , Nicki Minaj , Rihanna , or Alicia Keys can do any better.) Maybe that’s because Truth or Dare wasn’t initially designed to be so personal. What began as a traditional concert film ripened when director Alek Keshishian observed the seven dancers, two backup singers, and dozens of attendants in Madonna’s retinue. What came next was less a celebrity-branding ploy than an organic peek behind the Blond Ambition Tour’s … [Read more...] about The Oral History of Madonna’s