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NASA's MAVEN spacecraft enters Mars orbit WASHINGTON: NASA's MAVEN spacecraft began orbiting Mars on Sunday, on a mission to study how the Red Planet's climate changed over time from warm and wet to cold and dry."Based on observed navigation data, congratulations. MAVEN is now in orbit," said Dave Folta of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center just before 10:30 pm (0230 GMT).The unmanned orbiter has traveled more than 10 months and 442 million miles (711 million kilometers) to reach Mars for a first-of-its kind look at the planet's upper atmosphere.The data from the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft aims to help scientists understand what happened to the water on Mars and the carbon dioxide in its atmosphere several billion years ago.How Mars lost its atmosphere is one of science's biggest mysteries. The answers could shed light on the planet's potential to support life -- even if that was just microbial life -- long ago.MAVEN's findings ...

Tropical Storm Polo skirts Mexico's battered Pacific coast WASHINGTON: Tropical Storm Polo was due Sunday to skirt Mexico's Baja California peninsula, a region still reeling after being leveled several days earlier by Hurricane Odile.At 0000 GMT Sunday, Polo was passing about 105 miles (170 kilometers) south of Baja California, with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles (75 kilometers) per hour.Polo was moving toward the northwest at eight miles (13 kilometers) per hour.It was expected to remain off the southern tip of Baja California, ...
White House briefly evacuated Friday WASHINGTON: Journalists and officials at the White House were briefly evacuated from the building late Friday, an AFP photographer at the scene reported.President Barack Obama had departed earlier in the evening for Camp David, the presidential weekend retreat, and was not at the White House at the time.US media reported that the evacuation was triggered by a security breach when a man succeeded in scaling the White House fence.According to reports, security agents apprehended the ...
Kinder Morgan builds out Gulf Coast logistics hub in US oil boom HOUSTON: To capitalize on a flood of domestic and Canadian crude into the US Gulf Coast, logistics giant Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is spending more than $1.5 billion in Houston to build the most flexible oil and fuel transport hub in the country. The company's expanding infrastructure smorgasbord includes a bit of almost everything at the increasingly crowded Houston Ship Channel all next door to the biggest concentration of refiners in the country. The buildout, ...
Man kills six grandchildren in US shooting MIAMI: A man killed his daughter and six grandchildren, the youngest just three months old, in a mass shooting at a house in the US state of Florida on Thursday.The shooter, identified as Don Charles Spirit, 51, then killed himself, said Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz.The oldest child was age 10."I haven't seen anything like this at all," Schultz, who was visibly shaken, told reporters."This county, this community is going to be devastated from this. ...
Seattle leaders call for safeguards amid boom in oil train shipments SEATTLE: Seattle officials called on Wednesday for more safeguards for crude oil trains travelling through the city in increasing numbers, warning some rail infrastructure was antiquated and could contribute to a catastrophic accident.An oil tanker accident in the city could be "a catastrophe for our community in terms of risk to life, property and environment," Seattle's Office of Emergency Management said in a report. Citing a series of devastating accidents linked to oil train derailments, ...
Judge pauses Detroit's bankruptcy trial again DETROIT: US Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ordered a week-long break in Detroit's bankruptcy trial on Wednesday, giving the last major objector to the city's restructuring plan time to rework its case.The hearing will be adjourned from Friday and reconvene on Sept. 29. It was also placed on hiatus last week for three days while the city applied finishing touches to a settlement with another creditor, Syncora Guarantee Inc. Syncora formally withdrew its objections to the ...


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