GLOBAL TIMES, April 30: China has successfully sent the first section of its own space station - the Tianhe core module cabin - into preset orbit via a Long March-5B Y2 carrier rocket from Wenchang spaceport in South China's Hainan Province on Thursday, kicking off an intense construction phase of the project. Encased in the extra-large fairing of the country's state-of-the-art Long March-5B launch vehicle, the 16.6-meter-long, 4.2-meter-diameter Tianhe (literally meaning Harmony in Heaven) core module, rose from the tropical island province of Hainan at 11:23 am on Thursday morning. After a flight time of around one hour, the solar panels onboard the spacecraft smoothly unfolded and functioned normally, marking the mission's complete success, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA.) Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday offered his congratulations regarding the successful launch of the core module of China's space station, noting that the mission's success marks the … [Read more...] about China successfully launches core module for its space station, kicking off intense construction phase
IT has a surface temperature of minus 225 degrees Celsius and was once the ninth and most distant planet from the Sun. But Pluto's status as a planet is one of the most controversial issues in the world of astronomy. Is Pluto a planet? No, Pluto is not currently classed as a planet . It is a minor, or dwarf, planet. Pluto used to be the ninth planet in our solar system until the International Astronomical Union created a new system for classifying space objects in 2006. It set out three characteristics that define a planet: The object must have an established orbit around the sun The object must have a strong enough field of gravity to make it "round-ish" The object must have a gravitational pull strong enough to "clear the neighbourhood" around its orbit. Pluto failed on the third point. Unlike Earth and the other eight large planets, Pluto has not cleared its surrounding wider area of any other large objects. However, many astronomers were not … [Read more...] about Is Pluto a planet?
British steel exports to the EU have plunged by a third in a fresh blow to the industry, experts revealed today. Shipments from the UK to the bloc dipped to just under 420,000 tonnes in the first three months of the year as the sector grappled with the Prime Minister's Brexit deal. In contrast, the quarter one average of steel sent to the EU for the years 2015 to 2017 was 630,000 tonnes. A separate analysis of exported steel products – excluding tubes, wire and cold finished bars – showed a 38% drop in the first three months of 2021 compared with the 2015-2017 average, a 39% fall against 2018 data and a 34% decrease compared with 2019. The figures suggest a huge plunge in selling steel to the Continent after Brexit transition arrangements finished on December 31 last year. Under Boris Johnson ’s deal, formally known as Trade and Cooperation Agreement, UK exports of steel are subject to quotas and possible tariffs as a result of Brussels' measures. British steel … [Read more...] about British steel exports to EU plunged by a third after Brexit, sector figures show
close Video DHS to host tour of once overcrowded migrant processing facility Fox News correspondent William La Jeunesse joins 'The Story' with details from the southern border The Department of Homeland security announced plans to host a walk-through at a migrant processing center in Donna, Texas Thursday night, but cameras will not be allowed inside the facility. The visit comes two days after the Biden administration released images under the caption "DHS Action on the Southwest Border Yields Results," showing drastically improved conditions from what the public saw back in March when images emerged of migrants packed into "pods" amid the surging crisis at the border. While the photos appear to highlight a drastic improvement, Texas Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar said the images only tell part of the story. According to Cuellar, the administration is engaged in a "shell game," and is deceiving the public by moving migrant children from one … [Read more...] about Democrat lawmaker accuses Biden admin of playing ‘shell game’ with images of empty Border Patrol facility
Today's Dealmaster includes a nifty $50 discount on the new 11-inch Apple iPad Pro at Walmart, with the 128GB and 256GB versions of the premium tablet marked down to $749 and $849, respectively. Walmart says orders will ship on May 24. Further Reading iPad Pro gets M1 chip, “Liquid Retina” mini-LED screen While our review of the new slates is still forthcoming, the latest iPad Pro comes with the M1 chip that has impressed us in other recent Apple devices. It also has a more future-proof Thunderbolt port and an ostensibly improved front-facing camera. The 11-inch model here does not come with the upgraded Mini LED display of the 12.9-inch version, however. In any case, this will likely continue to be a more niche device for power users, while the iPad Air should remain an appealing compromise for consumers looking to pay a bit less. But if you're dead set on upgrading to Apple's top-end option, any savings might be worthwhile. If you're not interested in … [Read more...] about Today’s best tech deals: New iPad Pro, Amazon devices, and more