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E3 video game conference cancelled due to coronavirus

  By Glenn Chapman SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AFP) — The world’s premier video game trade show, due to be held in June in Los Angeles, was cancelled on Wednesday over the spread of deadly novel coronavirus. The Entertainment Software Association …

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Blast off: space minnow Indonesia eyes celestial success

by Peter BRIEGER LUMAJANG, Indonesia (AFP) — Workers snap the miniature rocket’s wings into place as Indonesia’s little-known space agency readies its latest launch on barren scrubland in East Java. With a 3,2,1 blast off, the two-meter-long projectile belches a …

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Earth captures new ‘mini moon’

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Earth has acquired a second “mini-moon” about the size of a car, according to astronomers who spotted the object circling our planet. The mass — roughly 1.9-3.5 meters (6-11 feet) in diameter — was observed …

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Trembling Mars gives up more seismic secrets

PARIS, France (AFP) — Mars is a constantly tremoring “living” body, researchers said Monday as they unveiled measurements of seismic activity on the red planet showing similar tremble rates to Earth or the Moon. For 15 months NASA’s InSight robot …

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Katherine Johnson, black NASA mathematician, dies at 101

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Katherine Johnson, a ground-breaking black NASA mathematician whose life was portrayed in the movie “Hidden Figures,” died on Monday aged 101, the space agency said. Johnson’s calculations helped put the first man on the Moon …

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‘Jetman’ stuns with Iron Man-style flight over Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — Daredevil Vince Reffet has soared into the skies above Dubai in the latest “Jetman” stunt, taking off from the ground and climbing to 1,800metres (nearly 6,000 feet) in a feat reminiscent of Marvel’s “Iron …

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Stardust or star bust? Betelgeuse’s dimming light puzzles astronomers

PARIS, France (AFP) — Astronomers have managed to take pictures of Betelgeuse showing that the star, one of the brightest in the Milky Way, has been losing luminosity over recent months, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) said on Friday. The …

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Space explorers wanted: NASA seeks next generation of astronauts

HOUSTON, United States (AFP) — Wanted: The next generation of astronauts to walk on the Moon and journey to Mars. You’ll need a relevant Master’s degree, be prepared to live and work 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth on the …

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Food-share apps seeking to help environment

by Véronique DUPONT LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Jack Convery pops into a London branch of Italian eatery Coco di Mama to grab a cut-price lunch ordered on his smartphone’s food-sharing app Karma. The 27-year-old Amazon employee — with an …

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Solar Orbiter set to launch in mission to reveal Sun’s secrets

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — The US-European Solar Orbiter probe launches Sunday night from Florida on a voyage to deepen our understanding of the Sun and how it shapes the space weather that impacts technology back on Earth. The mission, …

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US astronaut returns to Earth after longest mission by woman

by Christopher RICKLETON ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AFP) –NASA’s Christina Koch returned to Earth safely on Thursday after shattering the spaceflight record for female astronauts with a stay of almost 11 months aboard the International Space Station. Koch touched down at 0912 …

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Record-breaking US astronaut set to return to Earth

by Christopher RICKLETON ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AFP) — US astronaut Christina Koch is set to return to Earth Thursday having shattered the spaceflight record for female astronauts by spending almost a year aboard the International Space Station. Koch of NASA is …

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