solar eclipse photo from NASA
“Super Flower Blood Moon” rises over the Pacific Ocean in Sydney, Australia on May 26, 2021

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NASA’s new solar eclipse photos rule
NASA’s senior photographer Bill Ingalls didn’t think the weather would cooperate.

It did.

On Thursday morning, Ingalls captured stunning pictures of the partial solar eclipse on the U.S. East Coast from Arlington, Virginia. These include the eclipsed sun rising next to read more

family photo taken at Balmoral Castle in 2018 by Duchess of Cambridge
funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip (age 99), Duke of Edinburgh, on the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, April 17, 2021

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Jun 2, 2021, Jake Thrupp, Sky News Australia – “Harry, you’ve lost ALL support from Australians after what you’ve put the Queen through”
In Australia, we have a golden rule. Families often argue with one another, but you never dump on your family in public.
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(quote) Elon Musk’s SpaceX lands Starship spacecraft in first full successful test flight The flight comes after NASA awarded SpaceX a $2.9 billion contract to develop Starship to land astronauts on the moon. Elon Musk’s SpaceX finally stuck the landing of one of its Starship spacecraft prototypes Wednesday, a key milestone in the test program and a dramatic statement coming just two weeks after NASA chose the vehicle to fly its astronauts to the surface of the moon. The Starship spacecraft, known as Serial Number 15 (SN15), lifted off from SpaceX’s launch site near the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas, firing its three Raptor engines to an altitude of about 6 miles. It then turned itself sideways in a “belly flop” maneuver and headed back to Earth before righting itself, reigniting its engines and touching down softly. “The Starship has landed,” John Insprucker, SpaceX principal integration engineer, said during the live broadcast. The flight was the fifth high-altitude test of a Starship prototype, and the first that ended without the rocket destroyed. Musk’s company is developing Starship to launch cargo and people on missions to the moon and Mars. The landing caps off a busy period for SpaceX that has seen the return of astronauts to Earth aboard a Crew Dragon and a milestone Starlink launch, not to mention Musk is hosting Saturday Night Live this week. Nailed it! Elon Musk’s SpaceX blasts its Starship SN15 rocket six miles into the sky before returning it safely to the pad – a month after the last prototype exploded after landing The Elon Musk-owned company launched SN15 around 6:24pm ET on Wednesday, following a day of delays and anticipation, from its testing facility in Boca Chica, Texas. SN15 ignited its three massive Raptor Engines that released out streams of white smoke from the base before fire blew out to shoot the rocket into the air. The prototype climbed through the sky until it reached six miles, hovered for a moment and then performed the infamous sideways flip, dubbed a ‘belly flop’ maneuver by Musk. ‘Starship landing nominal,’ Musk tweeted moments after his pride and joy made a safe and successful landing on the pad. The successful landing brings the billionaire one step closer to fulfilling his dream of sending the humans to Mars. 27 Apr 2021 – Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin challenges NASA over SpaceX moon lander deal

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19-Apr-2021 – The world’s biggest kite, shaped like a dragon and stretching over 280 meters, soared in the skies over the city of Weifang.
It took 28 craftsmen 48 days to design and complete the kite. Flying it required 55 people, said Zhang Huagang, general manager of Weifang Tianshun Kite Productions read more

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NASA’s Perseverance rover just made breathable air on Mars
The Perseverance rover converted carbon dioxide into oxygen on Mars, marking the first time breathable air has been made on another planet, NASA announced Wednesday. A toaster-sized instrument called MOXIE – short for Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment – made the feat possible. read more

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It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

An Online Book of Condolence is now available on the Royal website for those who wish to send a personal message of condolence: https://bit.ly/3rZF8tT
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A massive container ship’s embarrassing and inconvenient predicament is visible from space.
Tiny Earth-observing Dove satellites operated by San Francisco-based company Planet have spied the giant cargo ship that’s blocking Egypt’s Suez Canal, as well as the traffic jam caused by the huge vessel’s plight. The Airbus-built Pleiades Earth-observing read more

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John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American author and the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature winner “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception.” He has been called “a giant of American letters,” and many of his works are considered classics of Western literature.

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Nepalese climbers return home after historic winter summit of K2 mountain
A team of climbers from Nepal that made the first winter ascent of K2 received a warm welcome upon returning home on January 26, 2021. The 10 Nepalese climbers reached the summit of the world’s second highest mountain on January 16, climbing to an read more

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Del Monte $20 bill set to sell for nearly $60,000 – barring banana skins
makes 2004 banknote a collector’s item, auctioneer says

Officially, it is classified as “an obstructed printing error with retained obstruction”. In reality, it appears to be a simple slip-up. A $20 banknote which had a sticker from a bunch of read more

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World Health Organization (WHO) had declared that 65 years old is still considered young. Before, based on the Friendly Societies Act (1875) in Britain, old was defined by age of 50. The UN has not adopted a standard criterion but lately 60 years old was referred as the border age to the word “old”. However the health organization had done read more

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — New Year’s Eve got off to a rocky start early Thursday as a 3.6 magnitude struck along the San Andreas Fault just south of Muir Beach and was felt widely in San Francisco and Marin County. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck at 5:41 a.m. with the epicenter on the famed fault line in the read more

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As one of the most photographed women in the world, Queen Elizabeth II’s reign has been documented through a camera lens from the very start. Following the death of her father King George VI on February 6, 1952, Elizabeth II’s coronation took place at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953, when she was just 25-years-old. Over the read more