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In the most recent test in July, the space plane was released from its jet-powered carrier aircraft, VMS Eve, at 46,500 feet before the Unity's pilots lit its rocket. Tourists will be able to cross the imaginary boundary where space begins, or the line of the Pocket at an altitude of 100 kilometers. Branson has invested in space travel since 2004, and had initially expected to fly into to space himself sometime this year.
  • 'Don't play games with it': Florence takes aim at Carolinas

    'Don't play games with it': Florence takes aim at Carolinas

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    Hurricane Florence is still well off the coast of the United States, approximately 435 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina , and is moving northwest at 16 mph. The storm looked likely to make landfall on the coast of North and SC but heavy rain was also expected in Virginia to the north and Georgia to the south.
  • Mother, infant, among several killed by Hurricane Florence

    Mother, infant, among several killed by Hurricane Florence

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    Hurricane-force winds and inland flooding also is a concern. The Nationwide Weather Service measured the storm surge within the mumble at three metres deep on Friday. According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety , a pick-up truck drove into standing water on the road and lost control, overturning into a ditch.
  • Hurricane Florence Pounds the Carolinas as it Nears Landfall

    Hurricane Florence Pounds the Carolinas as it Nears Landfall

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    Duke Energy Corp, the area's biggest utility with more than 4 million customers, estimated the storm could cause between 1 million and 3 million outages. Travel on the state's roads has grown "extremely hazardous", said Jim Trogdon, the North Carolina transportation secretary, who warned in a late-morning briefing that a 500- to 1,000-year "flood event is anticipated".
  • Shelters Fill Up As Hurricane Florence Bears Down

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    Meteorologists at the National Weather Service's Wilmington office are waiting for the National Hurricane Center to confirm the track of the eyeball, which typically has the storm's strongest winds. "This storm will bring destruction", said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. Florence arrived at the Carolina coast as a Category 1 storm, with winds far slower than the fearsome 150 miles per hour of just a few days ago.
  • Hurricane Florence's onslaught threatens disaster in North Carolina

    Hurricane Florence's onslaught threatens disaster in North Carolina

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    Inland cities and towns will not be spared from the storm, with anywhere from 5-20 inches of rain forecast to fall in many parts of North and SC. Florence is located about 155 miles (250 kilometers) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina , packing maximum sustained winds of 100 mph (155 km/h), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.
  • SpaceX signs up first moon traveler

    SpaceX signs up first moon traveler

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    The BFR , which Elon Musk said can carry up to 100 people when it was first touted previous year, will fly around the moon as part of the personal trip. PDT). Plans for that flight were eventually delayed; it's unclear if one of the two passengers from that flight will be taking the trip on the BFR. Next July will mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing by Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
  • Hurricane Florence strengthens to a Category 3 storm

    Hurricane Florence strengthens to a Category 3 storm

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    The hurricane center said, "All indications are that Florence will be an extremely risky Category 4 hurricane while it moves over the western Atlantic toward the southeastern United States". "This storm is too powerful and its path is too uncertain to take any chances", South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said in issuing his state's emergency declaration.
  • Florence gaining steam as it approaches the Carolinas

    Florence gaining steam as it approaches the Carolinas

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    North Carolina governor Roy Cooper said his state was "in the bullseye" of the storm. "We're liable to have a whole lot of flooding". As the eastern United States prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Florence , experts are warning that the storm may be the strongest to hit the region in decades and could pack a deadly punch.
  • Who is Donald Trump's 'controversial' Supreme Court nominee?

    Who is Donald Trump's 'controversial' Supreme Court nominee?

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    Pressed by Feinstein on his comment several years ago that USA v. Nixon might have been wrongly decided, he said his quote - shown on a poster above the senator - was "not in context" and "I have repeatedly called US v. Perabo's no stranger to political activism, and was one of thousands who turned out to protest at Trump Tower in support of the DACA Program which Donald Trump was attempting to close.
  • Trump administration moves to relax coal pollution rules

    Trump administration moves to relax coal pollution rules

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    During the conference, Wehrum also suggested that the new rule would keep the USA on track to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but the EPA's own documents also state that carbon dioxide emissions are expected to increase. For producers, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, a trade group representing more than 900 local electric cooperatives, said unraveling federal oversight would lead to a bottom-up improvement for the nation's grid.
  • Hawaiian Islands on alert for possible Hurricane Lane impacts

    Hawaiian Islands on alert for possible Hurricane Lane impacts

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    Hawaii Governor David Ige is allowing non-essential state employees on the Big Island and Maui to go on administrative leave from Wednesday to Friday as the hurricane approaches. The storm is about 375 miles (605 km) south-southeast of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, with maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour (260 km/h), the NHC said.
  • Former Intel Chiefs: White House Using Security Clearances As A 'Political Tool'

    Former Intel Chiefs: White House Using Security Clearances As A 'Political Tool'

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    Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency. Hours earlier, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders denied that Brennan and others are being singled out because they are critics of Trump. Brennan has repeatedly clashed with Trump on Twitter and on television, calling Trump's failure to denounce Russian interference in US elections at a recent summit ...
  • This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect

    This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect

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    EDT. Skies will be clear enough both of the nights this weekend to see them. "The shower is called the Perseids because the meteors look like they're coming from the constellation Perseus". That means, city dwellers, you're going to have to head out to the countryside - or at least as far away as you can from the city's bright lights - if you want a decent viewing.
  • NASA is About to Launch a Sun-Skimming Solar Probe

    NASA is About to Launch a Sun-Skimming Solar Probe

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    It is a fast-paced mission, with the first Venus encounter occurring less than two months after liftoff, in early October, and the first brush with the Sun in November. These disturbances can also create complications as we attempt to send astronauts and spacecraft farther away from the Earth. The Parker probe will be able to identify how these solar winds are formed, and perhaps explain the mechanism that allows the particles to escape.