Lift-off! Three space travellers launch on a Soyuz for the ISS

A NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts have blasted off for the International Space Station (ISS) on board a Soyuz MS-18 rocket. The trio, who are part of the latest crew heading to the orbiting lab, launched from Earth at 08:42 BST from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA’s Mark Vande Hel, Soyuz Commander Oleg … Read more

We have lift-off! Boost for mass Covid-19 vaccination drive as our hubs of hope open at last

We have lift-off! Boost for mass Covid-19 vaccination drive as our hubs of hope open at last The centres cover all seven NHS regions and also open to health and care staff There are around 1,000 centres, of which 800 are GP-led which will rise to 1,200 Trained volunteers from St John Ambulance, NHS Volunteer Responder … Read more

Lift-off! China launches its Chang’e-5 lunar mission to bring back rocks from the moon

China has launched its Chang’e-5 probe into space, which will set down on the moon to collect samples from the lunar surface.  The Long March-5 rocket took off around 3:35pm ET from the Wenchang launch site in Hainan province for what is a major advancement in the country’s space program. The probe is set to release a … Read more

Two UK-built shoebox-sized supercomputer satellites set for lift-off

Two shoebox-sized supercomputer satellites, built in Scotland to monitor shipping movements from low-Earth orbit, are due for launch this afternoon. Each nanosatellite has an onboard supercomputer with machine learning algorithms that can provide ‘hyper-accurate predictions’ of the locations of boats. The the so-called ‘Spire’ satellites will calculate their arrival times at ports to help businesses … Read more

Liftoff! SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink internet satellites to orbit aboard the Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX‘s Starlink satellite constellation grew a little larger Thursday morning, as the firm added 60 more devices to the network. The Falcon 9 rocket took off at 8:46am ET from Launch Complex 39-A at Kennedy Space Center carrying the new batch of broadband satellites. The mission was originally set for Sunday, but was unable to … Read more