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SpaceX might fire up Falcon Heavy’s 27 engines this week – CNET

SpaceX shows off the Falcon Heavy rocket on the launchpad. SpaceX The first demonstration launch of the new biggest rocket in the world could still be weeks away. But first, SpaceX is planning to test fire Falcon Heavy‘s 27 engines on launch pad 39-A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center as soon as Friday. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has said Falcon Heavy, which is basically three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together and attached to a single upper stage, will be the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V beast that…

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Here’s the controversial key to NASA’s bold plan for Mars

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Begun in 1998 and completed in 2011, the International Space Station is celebrated as a remarkable feat of engineering as well as a far-flung home away from home for the astronauts who have lived and worked aboard the orbiting outpost. But with the ISS slated for retirement in 2028, NASA is now making bold plans for the next phase of human spaceflight. The plans call for astronauts to return to the moon and then venture deeper into space. As President Trump said in December, these…

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SpaceX to fire up Falcon Heavy’s 27 engines this week – CNET

SpaceX shows off the Falcon Heavy rocket on the launchpad. SpaceX The first demonstration launch of the new biggest rocket in the world could still be weeks away, but first SpaceX is planning to test fire Falcon Heavy‘s 27 engines on launch pad 39-A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center as soon as Tuesday. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has said Falcon Heavy, which is basically three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together and attached to a single upper stage, will be the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V beast…

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Science 

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch date: What time is the SpaceX Falcon Heavy static fire TODAY?

Although SpaceX has shied away from setting a concrete launch date in stone, a static-fire test is expected around 9pm GMT (4pm EST) today. Crews at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida have already loaded up the spacecraft with fuel and the rocket is standing vertical at Launch Pad 39A. If Falcon Heavy successfully fires all 27 of its impressive engines, the monstrous rocket should be given the green light for lift-off later in January. The Florida-based space centre said: “Currently this launch is targeted for no earlier than (NET)…

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Entertainment 

SNES Classic Mini Stock LIVE: Grab a console from Nintendo right now

For everyone who has been hunting for a SNES Classic Mini, Nintendo has a treat for you. Right now, the official Nintendo UK Store has stock in for the much-wanted retro device. Costing £69.99, the official site is currently limiting fans to just one purchase. This has become normal policy, following how high demand has been for the SNES and NES. There’s no clear indication for how long the new stock will be available for, or how much there is. Like in the past, units will likely move very quickly,…

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Sega fans teased as hopes raised for Dreamcast or Saturn rival to SNES Classic Mini

The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Edition has been a huge success, with the tiny console selling out fast whenever it’s come into stock. The SNES Classic Mini is the second retro revival Nintendo have released, and followed hot on the heels of the NES Classic Mini. Now fans of Nintendo’s former console wars rival Sega have been left hoping their favourite game systems could be getting the mini treatment soon. Just before Christmas last year it was revealed that Sega and retro clone hardware makers Retro-bit were working together.…

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Could you build a snowman in our solar system? Winter conditions in the space explained

It has already been proven that snow can fall on Mars thanks to the Curiosity 7 Mars Rover, but a 2017 study revealed that it can fall swiftly onto the Red Planet during storms. Study lead Aymeric Spiga said: “Snow could take something like just 5 or 10 minutes to fall 1 to 2 km [0.6 to 1.2 miles].” Previous research shows that it snows every night on Mars as “ice microbursts” plummet onto the planet’s soil. The Nature Geoscience study reads: “Although it contains less water vapour than Earth’s…

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket test is the start of a race to Mars

Poised to be the most powerful rocket on Earth?SpaceX By Paul Marks Just five months before Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon in 1969, an unwieldy cluster of 30 engines roared into life beneath a monster rocket on a launch pad in Kazakhstan. Within seconds the uncrewed maiden launch of the Soviet Union’s N1 moon rocket was in deep trouble. Its control system, and the complex plumbing that fuelled its motors, failed. Engine after engine shut down, causing severe vibrations, rupturing fuel lines and starting fires. The…

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Lifestyle 

Stars 2018: Is this the year you strike it rich?

GETTY Russell Grant predicts whether 2018 will be a time of fun and fortune or financial uncertainty ARIES MARCH 21 – APRIL 20 YOUR finances are on an upward swing although it may take a while before you start to reap the benefits. Get advice from a money manager or financial expert between March and July to avoid any hidden fees and to look over terms and conditions. You’ll be surprised by a windfall in June but you should keep it quiet from any friends or relatives who can’t manage…

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