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NASA's DART spacecraft hits target asteroid in first planetary defense test

NASA’s DART spacecraft hits target asteroid in first planetary defense test

Sept 26 (Reuters) – NASA’s DART spacecraft successfully slammed into a distant asteroid at hypersonic speed on Monday in the world’s first test of a planetary defense system, designed to prevent a potential doomsday meteorite collision with Earth. Humanity’s first attempt to alter the motion of an asteroid or any celestial body played out in …

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NASA's next-generation Artemis moon rocket tanks up for debut launch

NASA’s next-generation Artemis moon rocket tanks up for debut launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept 3 (Reuters) – Ground teams at the Kennedy Space Center on Saturday began fueling NASA’s giant, next-generation rocketship for its debut launch on an uncrewed test flight to the moon, five days after an initial liftoff attempt was thwarted by technical problems. The 32-story tall Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and …

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NASA postpones debut Artemis test flight of new moon rocket after engine snag

NASA postpones debut Artemis test flight of new moon rocket after engine snag

Florida blast-off had been targeted for Monday Artemis program seeks to return humans to moon, perhaps by 2025 Program is successor to Apollo moon missions 50 years ago CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug 29 (Reuters) – An engine-cooling problem forced NASA on Monday to postpone for at least four days the debut test launch of the …

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Exclusive: Europe eyes Musk's SpaceX to bridge launch gap left by Russia tensions

Exclusive: Europe eyes Musk’s SpaceX to bridge launch gap left by Russia tensions

PARIS, Aug 12 (Reuters) – The European Space Agency (ESA) has begun preliminary technical discussions with Elon Musk’s SpaceX that could lead to the temporary use of its launchers after the Ukraine conflict blocked Western access to Russia’s Soyuz rockets. The private American competitor to Europe’s Arianespace has emerged as a key contender to plug …

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If you are high risk, do not wait for updated COVID vaccines, experts say

If you are high risk, do not wait for updated COVID vaccines, experts say

CHICAGO, July 29 (Reuters) – People at high risk of severe disease who have yet to get a second COVID-19 booster should not wait for next-generation, Omicron-targeted vaccines expected in the fall, five vaccine experts told Reuters. In many countries, including the United States, the BA.5 Omicron subvariant of the virus is surging, but current …

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Monkeypox emergency could last months, with window closing to stop spread, experts say

Monkeypox emergency could last months, with window closing to stop spread, experts say

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – Scientists advising the World Health Organization (WHO) on monkeypox say the window is closing to stop its spread, with cases currently doubling every two weeks, raising concerns that it will take several months for the outbreak to peak. WHO Europe has forecast just over 27,000 monkeypox cases in 88 countries …

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WHO declares global health emergency over monkeypox outbreak

WHO declares global health emergency over monkeypox outbreak

Declaration is WHO’s highest level of alert Tedros breaks deadlock on advisory committee Decision welcomed as way to stem disease’s spread July 23 (Reuters) – The rapidly spreading monkeypox outbreak represents a global health emergency, the World Health Organization’s highest level of alert, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Saturday. The WHO label – …

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