The Soyuz spacecraft's emergency landing on Thursday could become one of the biggest payouts for Russian insurance firm Soglasie in decades if it turns out to be an insurance case, Soglasie was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency. The insurer said it was looking into the incident to see whether it was liable, Interfax reported. The spacecraft made an emergency landing near the city of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan after its booster rockets failed in mid-air en route to the International Space Station.
Florida’s Panhandle took stock on Thursday of the hammering destruction wrought by Hurricane Michael, with homes obliterated or reduced to rubble and power lines and trees ripped up by the third most powerful storm ever to strike the U.S. mainland.Michael, now weakened to a tropical storm as it doused Georgia and the Carolinas with drenching rain, crashed ashore on Wednesday near the small town of Mexico Beach carrying winds of up to 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour) and causing deep seawater flooding. The storm killed two people.In Mexico Beach, CNN aerial footage showed homes closest to the beach had lost all but their foundations. A few blocks inland, about half the homes were reduced to piles of wood and siding and those still standing suffered heavy damage.Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, called the town, which has a population of about 1,200, “ground zero” for the hurricane damage.One objective was to help people who could be trapped in various areas along the coast, he told a news conference. This part of northwest Florida is known for its small beach towns and wildlife reserves.In Panama City, 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Mexico Beach, buildings were crushed and boats were scattered around. Michael left a trail of utility wires on roads, flattened tall pine trees and knocked a steeple from a church.Al Hancock, 45, who works on a tour boat, survived in Panama City with his wife and dog.“The roof fell in but we lived through it,” he said.Florida Governor Rick Scott told the Weather Channel the damage from Panama City down to Mexico Beach was “way worse than anybody ever anticipated.”John Billiot, president of America’s Cajun Navy, a group of volunteers who bring boats and vehicles to help during disasters, said Michael was unprecedented.“We’ve been doing this since 2005,” he told CNN while working on rescues around Panama City. “I have never been scared of a storm a day in my life. This one right here put the fear of God into me. It gives me goosebumps talking about it.”(Reuters)See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Twitter and Tumblr.
A new Quinnipiac poll has found that Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s long-shot quest to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, which has generated so much enthusiasm and financial support from national Democrats, has stalled well short of success.
Until last Sunday, when Brazilians voted in a pivotal election, corruption in Brazil was generally seen as an intrinsic part of the national character. In addition, voters all but ensured that a little-known legislator, Jair Bolsonaro, would be the next president.
As the 2017 solar eclipse darkened the skies across the United States, humans rejoiced while flamingos huddled, crickets chirped, and, according to a new study, bees fell silent. For a study published today in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America, a team of researchers recruited volunteers from 11 sites across the country that…
Setting European Union targets for reducing cars' greenhouse gas output that are too ambitious could backfire with the loss of 100,000 jobs, Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess said Thursday. If ministers aimed to slash carbon dioxide (CO2) output by 40 percent between 2020 and 2030, "around a quarter of the jobs in our factories would have to go in the space of 10 years -- a total of 100,000 posts," Diess told daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. EU governments agreed Tuesday to aim for a 35-percent reduction in CO2 output by 2030 rather than the 30 percent hoped for by manufacturers, Berlin and eastern European governments.
U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin landed safely without harm and rescue crews who raced to locate them on the Kazakh steppe quickly linked up with them, NASA, the U.S. space agency, and Russia's Roscosmos said. It was the first serious launch problem experienced by a manned Soyuz space mission since 1983 when a fire broke out at the base of the booster rocket while the crew was preparing for lift-off. Thursday's problem occurred when the first and second stages of a booster rocket, launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome of Baikonur in the central Asian country, were separating, triggering emergency systems soon after launch.
Astronauts Nick Hague of NASA and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are reportedly safe after making an emergency landing following the failure of Soyuz spacecraft booster. After what looked like a routine launch, the crew were on their way to the international space station (ISS) when the booster, one of four around a central rocket, malfunctioned. NASA reported that the crew was making a "ballistic descent," at a rapid speed and with higher-than-normal g-forces.
They call them “moonmoons.” Well, according to New Scientist, anyway. Astronomers Sean Raymond and Juna Kollmeier say they’re happy with any of the following proposed terms: moonmoons submoons moonitos moonettes moooons “IAU [International Astronomical Union] will have to decide!” Kollmeier told Quartz. The two scientists are currently working on a paper called “Can Moons Have…
In the late 1980s, while exploring around the villages of Maharashtra’s coastal Konkan region, Sudhir Risbud came across a big square pattern engraved near the road to the beach town of Ganpatipule. The electrical engineer and bird-watcher had no idea at the time that it was a petroglyph, a form of rock carving associated with…
British entrepreneur Richard Branson said he expects his Virgin Galactic company to conduct its first space flight "within weeks, not months" in comments broadcast Tuesday. Branson's Virgin Galactic is racing against Amazon creator Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to launch the first out-of-this-world passenger flight and take paying passengers into space. The first space tourists, who visited the International Space Station (ISS) in the 2000s, paid tens of millions of dollars for the privilege.
A French researcher has invented a robot finger that attaches to your mobile phone. "My PhD subject is around touch in communications," explains Marc Teyssier, a researcher at Telecom Paristech engineering school.
The United Arab Emirates, there’s a lot of excitement about space. The Middle Eastern nation has just selected its first two astronauts – Hazza al-Mansouri and Sultan al-Neyadi – to go on a mission to the International Space Station. According to France24, the UAE is one of a handful of states in the Middle East to have sent a person into space and seems to be looking to make good on its pledge to become a global leader in space exploration.
By Joey Roulette ORLANDO, Fl. (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday said that it had awarded a total $2.3 billion (£1.7 billion) in contracts to develop rocket launch systems for national security ...
A major 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea's New Britain island on Thursday, briefly triggering a tsunami alert before authorities gave the all clear. The United States Geological Survey said the quake hit about 125 kilometres (80 miles) east of Kimbe at a depth of around 40km. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially warned hazardous tsunami waves were possible in coastal areas 300km from the epicentre.
For only the second time in his life, Afghan farmer Murad Khan Ishaqzai has been forced to leave the home where he was born 80 years ago -- not by war but the worst drought in living memory. Ishaqzai, wizened and weather-beaten by decades of working in his wheat field, is one of more than 250,000 people in western Afghanistan displaced by the months-long dry spell that has devastated crops, livestock and water supplies. Beaten by the inhospitable conditions, many families in rural areas decided to travel hundreds of kilometres in the back of rented trucks through districts contested by Taliban fighters and government forces to reach the city of Herat.
Boeing Co (BA.N) is building the largest rocket in NASA's history but the aerospace giant's "poor performance" has resulted in an $8.9 billion (£6.7 billion) price tag that is double the initial budget and could further delay the launch, the U.S. space agency's watchdog office said on Wednesday. The first test launch of the Space Launch System rocket, which is supposed to send humans to the moon and ultimately allow deep space exploration, was most recently slated for mid-2020 with a crew launch to follow in 2022. NASA's Inspector General said in an audit that "management, technical and infrastructure issues driven by Boeing's poor performance" had led to delays and cost overruns, raising questions about the future launch timetable.
China led among countries expanding market share in the space industry during the third quarter, according a report from investment firm Space Angels. Nearly all of China's investment has come since 2016. Space companies have brought in just over $2 billion in private investment so far this year, according to Space Angels.
The three contracts are part of a Department of Defense initiative to assure constant military access to space and curb reliance on foreign-made rocket engines, like ULA's flagship Atlas V rocket that uses Russian-made RD-180 boosters. The contracts are to develop rockets and carry defense payloads into space.
A San Francisco judge said Wednesday she is considering tossing out the lion's share of the $289 million judgment against agribusiness giant Monsanto and ordering a new trial over whether the company's weed-killer caused a groundskeeper's cancer. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos didn't formally rule on any issues after a two-hour hearing to consider Monsanto's demand to toss out the entire jury verdict in the first of thousands of similar cases across the country to go to trial. The San Francisco jury in August said Monsanto knew — or should have known — its best-selling Roundup weed-killer causes cancer and hit the company with $250 million in punitive damages, which are designed to punish companies who act recklessly.