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When it lands six-and-half minutes later, it will be travelling a mere 8kmh. This is going to be tense. If successful, the Lander will become the space agency's first probe to reach the Red Planet in six years. An artist's rendition of the InSight operating on the surface of Mars. This is the reason NASA scientists have picked Elysium Planitia as the place to land the InSight.
  • SpaceX is flying a Japanese billionaire to the moon in 2023

    SpaceX is flying a Japanese billionaire to the moon in 2023

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    The BFR is SpaceX's upcoming two-stage reusable spaceship system that will weigh 9.7 million pounds and be capable of taking a 330,000 pound payload to Mars and lower-Earth orbit (LEO), officials say. The price for a SpaceX lunar mission is likely hefty, though Musk pointed out, "It's going to be free for the artists". While the trip to the moon is, in and of itself, a fairly bold undertaking, realistically it's just the first step towards Musk's ultimate goal of being the person that ...
  • "Please send help": Florence storm surge leaves 100 stranded in NC city

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    Forecasters warned that drenching rains of 1 to 3 1/2 feet (30 centimetres to 1 metre) as the storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days. Forecasters said the torrents could continue for days, touching off disastrous flooding. Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats.
  • Subtropical Storm Joyce forms in north Atlantic

    Subtropical Storm Joyce forms in north Atlantic

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    The enduring Tropical Storm Helene is picking up speed and accelerating northward at 23 miles per hour with sustained winds of 65 miles per hour. It's not clear if the storm is expected to strengthen back into a hurricane after it hits the eastern Caribbean.
  • Florence expected to become hurricane, heads to southeast US

    Florence expected to become hurricane, heads to southeast US

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    A hurricane watch has been issued for the US east coast from Edisto Beach, South Carolina to North Carolina-Virginia border, including the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds., with storm surge watches encompassing the same area. The parking lot has been full for three days at the Ace Hardware store in coastal Calabash, North Carolina, where manager Tom Roberts said he sold 150 gas cans in two hours Monday, along with generators, plywood, rope, manual can openers, sand bags and a plethora of other ...
  • SC won’t evacuate prison for Hurricane Florence

    SC won’t evacuate prison for Hurricane Florence

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    Like Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Florence is expected to slow significantly when it reaches the coast, allowing the storm to dump a catastrophic amount of rain in the Carolinas. The storm was heading for the coast of North and SC but heavy rain was also expected in Virginia to the north and Georgia to the south. "We will experience power outages, infrastructure damages, there will be homes damaged".
  • Another hurricane is barreling toward Hawaii

    Another hurricane is barreling toward Hawaii

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    Residents and businesses were also left to clean up the mess from the floods. According to the NHC, "Olivia is forecast to approach the main Hawaiian Islands from the east on Tuesday, and pass close to or over the Islands on Wednesday". A tropical storm could bring heavy rain and flooding, especially in places that are saturated from previous storms. As a result, a Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning are in effect for the Cabo Verde islands of Santiago, Fogo and Brava.
  • Hurricane Florence's Path Shifts Westward, Putting Bermuda On Notice

    Hurricane Florence's Path Shifts Westward, Putting Bermuda On Notice

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    The risk of impact on the U.S. East Coast from Florence next week has increased, the Miami-based weather forecaster added. These swells will likely increase during next week and result in rough surf and risky rip current activity. That energy, from Florence's strong winds, could mean rip currents at Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender County beaches. The storm was centered about 905 miles (1,457 kilometers) east-southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 8 mph (13 kph).
  • Winds up to 70 miles per hour, South MS still in the path

    Winds up to 70 miles per hour, South MS still in the path

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    Tampa Bay was pelted with bands of rain and occasionally gusty winds from Tropical Storm Gordon on Monday, but Gulf Coast states could be in for worse. The warning means there is danger of life-threatening inundation. Waves of 3 to 5 feet are expected, locally as high as 6 feet in some areas, and inland waterways will be choppy.
  • Tropical Storm Gordon lashes Gulf Coast with heavy winds, rain

    Tropical Storm Gordon lashes Gulf Coast with heavy winds, rain

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    Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall on Tuesday just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border, lashing the U.S. Gulf Coast with high winds and heavy rain, the U.S. A hurricane warning is in effect from MS to the Alabama/Florida border. The center predicted total rain amounts of 4-8 inches (10-20 centimeters) in the Florida panhandle and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa and IL.