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Nasa launches probe to ‘touch the Sun’

Nasa launches probe to 'touch the Sun'

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Nasa counted down yesterday to the launch of a $1.5 billion spacecraft that aims to plunge into the Sun's sizzling atmosphere and become humanity's first mission to explore a star. The car-sized Parker Solar Probe is scheduled to blast off on a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida early today. The 65-minute launch…
Astronomers peer closer than ever to ‘cosmic dawn’
SpaceX launches Bangabandhu-1 with most powerful Falcon 9 rocket
2 sportscar-sized satellites in orbit to measure Earth’s water
China unveils biggest civilian drone for couriers
2 sportscar-sized satellites in orbit to measure Earth’s water

2 sportscar-sized satellites in orbit to measure Earth's water

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A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth. "Three, two, one, liftoff!" said a SpaceX commentator as the Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 12:47pm Pacific…
China unveils biggest civilian drone for couriers

China unveils biggest civilian drone for couriers

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Engineers at Beihang Unmanned Aircraft System Technology, a part of Beihang University in Beijing, are designing a drone that will be able to fly 1,500 kilometres carrying 1 metric ton of cargo. They plan to finalise their design before year’s end and construct a prototype in 2019 for test flights scheduled to start in 2020.…
Bugs become drugs at Sichuan facility

Bugs become drugs at Sichuan facility

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Most people suffer from a case of the creepy-crawlies when they hear what workers at a drug company in Xichang, Sichuan province, do to earn their keep. Specialists at Sichuan Good Doctor Panxi Pharmaceutical Co are charged with "taking care" of some 6 billion cockroaches. The cockroaches are harvested to make drug precursors that treat…
Bangabandhu-1 on its way to orbit

Bangabandhu-1 on its way to orbit

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The nation's dream satellite, Bangabandhu-1, is now on its way to orbit after its perfect and successful launching last night, making Bangladesh's debut in the global space society. The historic event took place at 2:14am Bangladesh time today when the country's first geostationary communication satellite started its voyage towards orbit from the Kennedy Space Centre…