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SpaceX next cargo launch set for Sept 20 WASHINGTON: SpaceX's next unmanned cargo trip to restock supplies at the International Space Station is scheduled for September 20, the US space agency said Friday.The Dragon spacecraft will launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 2:16 am (0616 GMT) on September 20 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, NASA said."If for any reason the launch is postponed, the next launch opportunity is Sunday, Sept. 21 at approximately 1:53 am," it said in a statement.The cargo ship will be loaded with more than 5,000 pounds (2,300 kilograms) of supplies and scientific experiments, including an ocean surface wind speed monitor, equipment for studying rodents in microgravity and cabbage-like plants to see how their growth adapts in space.The mission, called SpaceX CRS-4, "is the fourth of 12 SpaceX flights NASA contracted with the company to resupply the space station," the space agency said.The trip marks the fifth Dragon journey to the ...

Number two US newspaper group up for sale WASHINGTON: Digital First Media, the second largest US newspaper group, said Friday it was studying a sale of the company among "strategic alternatives" to cope with a shifting media landscape."The news information industry in America is undergoing a period of seismic change, defined by the need to consolidate to rapidly compete in a digital world," said John Paton, chief executive of the group created in December by the merger of Media News Group and the ...
First freeze causes little damage to US Northern Plains crops CHICAGO: The US northern Plains and far western Midwest crop regions saw their first freeze of the season but the cold temperatures were only in pockets of the belt, limiting damage to immature corn and soybeans, agricultural meteorologists said on Friday.The forecast called for more cold temperatures in the northern Corn Belt on Saturday morning after lows on Friday morning ranged from the mid-20s to low-30s degrees Fahrenheit (minus 3.9 to 1.7 Celsius) from western ...
NASA Mars Rover curiosity reaches base of target mountain ISLAMABAD: NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has arrived at the base of a mountain of layered rock that scientists suspect holds clues about whether the planet most like Earth in the solar system had the ingredients to support and preserve signs of microbial life.The one-ton rover touched down inside an ancient impact basin in August 2012. It quickly discovered a region inside the Gale Crater landing site that was chemically and geologically suited for the same ...
US judge fines HP $59mn for bribing Russian officials SAN FRANCISCO: A judge on Thursday ordered US computer giant Hewlett-Packard to pay $58.8 million for bribing Moscow government officials to win a big-money contract with Russia's prosecutor general's office.Northern California US District Judge Lowell Jensen hit HP with the fine after the company pleaded guilty to violating anti-bribery and accounting provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the US Department of Justice said in a release.According to a negotiated plea bargain, executives in an ...
White House to hold summit on violent extremism WASHINGTON: The White House will hold a summit on preventing violent extremism, the US Secretary of Homeland Security said Wednesday, warning that terrorists must "be engaged."The US continues "to face real terrorist enemies and real terrorist threats" from Islamic State militants who have overtaken large swaths of Syria and Iraq, Secretary Jeh Johnson said, one day ahead of the 13th anniversary of September 11.The October summit on domestic and international efforts to prevent extremism, "will ...
Obama: US to expand air strikes against IS in Iraq WASHINGTON: The United States will expand its campaign of air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and send another 475 troops to train local forces, President Barack Obama said Wednesday. "Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we're hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense," he said.Obama said the reinforcements would join hundreds of US troops who are already ...


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