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‘LOST CONNECTION’ HAMPERS VIRGIN GALACTIC’S TEST FLIGHT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Virgin Galactic test flight Saturday ended prematurely as the spacecraft’s rocket motor failed to ignite and it then glided down safely to its landing site in southern New Mexico.

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New operating system for space: High-tech tycoons

By DONNA BLANKINSHIP and SETH BORENSTEIN Associated Press Writers SEATTLE (AP) -- The tycoons of cyberspace are looking to bankroll America's resurgence in outer space, reviving "Star Trek" dreams that first interested them in science. Microsoft co-founde

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SpaceX to build Mars spaceship prototypes in Texas

SpaceX said last week that it will build test versions of its Mars spaceship in south Texas instead of the Port of Los Angeles in another blow to the local economy that comes days after the company announced massive layoffs.

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Virgin Galactic: Rocket reaches space again in test flight

Virgin Galactic’s rocket plane reached space for a second time in a test flight over California on Friday, climbing higher and faster than before while also carrying a crew member to evaluate the long-awaited passenger experience.

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UPDATED: SpaceX's historic encore – Astronauts arrive at space station

SUNDAY UPDATE (AP): SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Sunday, following up a historic liftoff with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk’s company.

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Virgin Galactic plans first New Mexico space launch this month

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virgin Galactic said last week that it expects to launch its first manned test flight into space from New Mexico this month.

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Design flaws ground ‘Zero’

OVER the years, Nintendo has recruited an assortment of outside developers to try to revive the “Star Fox” franchise. Now the duty falls to Platinum Games, best known for gonzo free-for-alls like “Bayonetta” and “MadWorld”. The resulting reboot, “Star Fox Zero”, falls far short of either company’s best work.

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Justice – the kind that brings freedom and peace - Part 3

‘Shalom’ is a word from the Hebrew language, the language of the people of Israel. It means freedom, peace, justice, health, having everything that you need to be the best that you can be. It means a time when God’s good news will be known to everyone.

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• VIRGIN Galactic says it has received an operating licence for its space tourism rocket from the Federal Aviation Administration which will ultimately permit commercial operations.

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Bahamian researcher heading to space

IN HIS catchy chorus - “We headin’ into space; we takin’ rake n’ scrape” - Bahamian musician KB imagines an outer space that comes alive once touched by the unique and colourful culture of the Bahamas. Such visions of galactic grandeur may not be as far fetched as once thought when the song first rang through the Bahamian radio airwaves. Today, one young woman with Bahamian roots is making the dream one step closer to reality.

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Commercial spacecraft on way to space station

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- A ship built by a billionaire businessman sped toward the International Space Station with a load of groceries and other supplies Tuesday after a spectacular, middle-of-the-night blastoff.

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• As automation and online work gain ground, organisers of the annual Davos forum are projecting employers will split work equally between machines and people by 2025, with the coronavirus pandemic accelerating changes in the labour market.

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Gingrich moon base dreams not lunacy, experts say

By SETH BORENSTEIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich wants to create a lunar colony that he says could become a US state. There's his grand research plan to figure out what makes the human brain tick. And

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DIANE PHILLIPS: What's love got to do with it anyway?

News alert. Today is Valentine’s Day. That is, it’s a news alert for anyone who drove to work today with blindfolds on and did not see pop-up florist stands proffering roses for those to whom planning ahead was something that could be procrastinated.

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PETER YOUNG: The Rainbow Nation’s dream descends into violence

Observers and admirers of the modern South Africa will have been shocked and dismayed by the current images of looting, violence and general mayhem being beamed around the world on TV screens for all to witness. This has been sparked by the jailing of the nation’s former President Jacob Zuma for contempt of court.