Disneyland has reopened for the first time in over a year - as it was revealed more than 100 million Americans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Disney fans who visited cheered and screamed as the Southern California theme park opened its gates for the first time in 13 months, when it was forced to close at the onset of the coronavirus crisis. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world The Disneyland news is seen as a powerful symbol of the US recovery from the pandemic , even though the park is currently only allowing in-state guests and operating at just 25% capacity. And it comes just months after the company slashed 28,000 jobs from its theme parks across the US. Disney's other US theme parks, in Florida , were only closed for a couple of months last year - but authorities in California have enforced far tougher restrictions to combat the disease. Advertisement The reopening and similar steps … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Disneyland reopens for first time in 13 months as US hits another major vaccine milestone
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NASA'S Perseverance rover has beamed back incredible first colour images of Mars after successfully landing on the Red Planet. There was a pic of one of the space vehicle’s six wheels, taken by one of Perseverance’s colour Hazard Cameras (Hazcams) after its landing in the area known as Jezero crater. It ended its seven-month journey to another world after touching down in a crater that was once a lake billions of years ago. Here the six-wheeled machine will collect rock samples from the crater that will later be analysed for signs of extra-terrestrial life. To pave the way for human missions to Mars, tests will be conducted to make oxygen out of thin air – the Red Planet’s tenuous and mostly carbon dioxide atmosphere. Perseverance touched down at 3.44pm ET (8.44pm GMT) Thursday night. Follow our Perseverance live blog for the latest news and updates ... Hana Carter 21st Feb 2021, 12:30 FACTS ABOUT MARS Here’s what you need to know about … [Read more...] about Mars landing news LIVE – Nasa ‘awestruck’ by Perseverance mission data as Rover sends first colour pics of red planet
SPACEX launches hundreds of satellites into orbit every year as part of its project to beam cheap WiFi to people's homes from space. The scheme is still in its early stages, with testing already underway in the UK and US. So how fast is Starlink, and how much does it cost? Get all the latest Science news Keep up-to-date with the top Space & Astronomy stories All the latest Archaelogy news from dinosaurs to Ancient artefacts What is Starlink? Starlink is a satellite project launched by billionaire SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in 2015. Musk intends to put 12,000 satellites into Earth's orbit over next decade, possibly rising to 42,000 in future. The "mega-constellation" will eventually be able to beam internet coverage to anywhere on the planet, according to SpaceX. The California company says its network will provide users with high-speed, low-latency internet coverage. Latency is the time it takes to send data from one point to the next. Because … [Read more...] about What will the Starlink internet speed be and how much will it cost?
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta announced on Friday tightening restrictions in the capital Nairobi and four surrounding hard-hit counties. "The death rate is devastating by all measures, and the stress the pandemic is placing on our health system is unparalleled," Kenyatta said in a televised address as the East African country stands on the brink of a third wave. "Between January and February three people died every day from COVID. In March 2021, the number has gone up to seven every day, the highest since this pandemic hit us,'' he said. The restrictions include a pause on all movement into or from Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Nakuru and Kiambu. Public gatherings are banned, and an evening curfew will be imposed to last from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. in the affected counties. Kenyatta also called on those eligible for the first round of vaccination to get the jab. He and his wife received the AstraZeneca vaccine. Kenya received 1.02 million doses of the AstraZeneca jab through … [Read more...] about Coronavirus digest: Nairobi goes into partial lockdown
Remnants from a Chinese rocket are expected to fall back to Earth in an uncontrolled re-entry this weekend. The rocket, called Long March 5B, was launched from Wenchang Space Launch Centre on 29 April to carry Tianhe - the first module of China' s future space station - into orbit. The spacecraft contains what will become living quarters for three crew on the space station and was the first of 11 missions needed to complete the station. The body of the rocket is circling Earth and is about to enter the lower atmosphere. Its exact point of descent "cannot be pinpointed until within hours of its re-entry", which is projected to occur on Saturday. Advertisement The US said on Thursday it was tracking the path of the object from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California but that there were no plans to shoot it down. "We're hopeful that it will land in a place where it won't harm anyone," US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said. More on … [Read more...] about ‘Out-of-control’ Chinese rocket set to crash back to Earth at unknown location in hours