Astronauts board SpaceX rocket for night launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Four astronauts climbed aboard a SpaceX rocket Sunday for a night ride to the International Space Station, although the prospects of good weather were just 50-50 and the company’s leader was sidelined by COVID-19.

Vice President Mike Pence was expected at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for the long-awaited start of regular crew rotations aboard privately owned and operated capsules. It also marked only the second time in nearly a decade that astronauts were set to rocket into orbit from the U.S.

“Game day!” NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, the crew commander, tweeted before suiting up and heading to the launch pad in a Tesla Model X. The astronauts’ flashy white suits with black trim matched their rides, made by Elon Musk’s two main companies: SpaceX and Tesla.

Once seated in the Teslas, the astronauts exchanged high-fives and hand embraces with their children and spouses, who huddled

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Dragon Crew-1 capsule hatch is sealed

At 7:27 p.m. Eastern time tonight, SpaceX is scheduled to launch four astronauts to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On board the SpaceX spacecraft waiting for liftoff are three NASA astronauts, Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Victor Glover, as well as a Japanese astronaut, Soichi Noguchi.


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A successful launch will mark another step in NASA’s plans to turn spaceflight duties over to private enterprise. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule is the first privately owned and operated spacecraft to be certified by NASA for human spaceflight, a certification SpaceX received only days ago.

The launch would also mark a coming-of-age moment for SpaceX, the California company founded by Elon Musk that was once viewed as a maverick start-up but is now one of the space industry’s stalwarts and one of NASA’s most significant partners, delivering both cargo and now astronauts to the space station.

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Manchester University suspends security guards after claims of racial profiling

The University of Manchester has launched an investigation and suspended some security guards after a student alleged that he was racially profiled.

Footage posted on social media on Sunday night showed security officers detaining a student against a wall while demanding his identification.

The young man can be heard saying: “I’m a University of Manchester student. They’re trying to snatch my card out of me. You see, I take this racial profiling.”

A friend of the student who witnessed the incident told the Guardian that the “security guards decided that he didn’t look like he belonged in the area” and that three of them cited “the drug dealing happening on campus”.

They “pinned him up against the wall without giving him a chance to get his ID out,” she said.

The incident is understood to have happened at the University of Manchester’s Fallowfield halls of residence, which was the focus

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Masters 2020: Rory McIlroy rues slow start at Augusta as wait for career grand slam continues

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy was left to rue nine poor holes in his opening round as his bid to complete the career Grand Slam with a Masters victory was put on hold for at least five more months.

McIlroy ended in a tie for fifth place, nine shots behind runaway winner Dustin Johnson, despite posting a third sub-70 score in succession with a closing 69.

“I look back on this week and obviously rue what happened,” said McIlroy.

“Maybe not on Thursday because I felt I played OK, but that Friday morning.”

The world number five added: “After that I played well, I hung in there, just had to shoot a good score to be here for the weekend and played a really solid weekend.”

The damage was done in the first round when, resuming early on Friday after a delayed start to the opening day, McIlroy carded four bogeys and just

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SpaceX, NASA set for historic Crew-1 launch today: Everything to know


Inside SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft are NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins, and astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. They constitute the crew of NASA’s Crew-1 mission.  


Despite a global pandemic, a record hurricane season and problematic rocket engines that needed to be swapped out, NASA and SpaceX remain determined to get the historic Crew-1 mission off the ground from Florida on Sunday. At 1:30 p.m. PT, the four astronauts headed to the ISS were on their way to launch pad 39A. Their flight in a Crew Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket follows the success of the Demo-2 mission and its historic splashdown and will set a few key spaceflight milestones. 

Here are the answers to your most pressing questions about the mission. 

Wait, what

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Washington loses thriller in Detroit, 30-27, as penalty helps foil Alex Smith’s career game

What he experienced a few hours later surely had to come close to the thrill he envisioned. But it again failed to produce the result he wanted.

Washington tied the game at 27-27 to give Detroit 16 seconds to try to win it before the game went into overtime, and the Lions nearly did on a deep pass along the left sideline. Matthew Stafford overthrew Quintez Cephus, just before he was pushed to the ground by Young, who maneuvered his way to the quarterback on a pass rush. The roughing-the-passer penalty gave Detroit a free first down and 15 yards to move Detroit closer to field goal range.

After a quick completion to Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones, Matt Prater nailed the long kick for the win as the clock expired.

The loss is crushing for Washington’s playoff hopes, minimal as they may have been, but it showed the resolve

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How MBAs Can Strengthen Their Networks In The COVID Era

“When you’re just starting out,” writes Northwestern Kellogg School of Management professor Holly Raider in a new piece in Harvard Business Review, “making new connections and strengthening your professional network are vital to getting to where you want to go. But the guidance you need, like how to thrive in a new role or pursue a promotion, can be difficult to find in your inner circle.”

Raider is the managing director of executive education and a clinical professor of management at Kellogg. She has published research on career development, economic transactions, and technology management. In her latest work, published by HBR on Friday (November 13), she posits that new employees tend to make professional connections “based on proximity (colleagues they see the most) or commonalities (the colleagues most like themselves).” But, she adds, that’s a mistake.

“When you network with colleagues like you or near you, you create an

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Watch SpaceX launch four astronauts to the International Space Station

Six months after launching astronauts for the first time, SpaceX is sending another crew to the International Space Station.

The Elon Musk-led company plans to launch three NASA astronauts and one astronaut from Japan’s space agency Sunday at 7:27 p.m. Eastern time from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi are set to stay aboard the space station for a six-month mission.

The launch, originally scheduled for Saturday, was delayed until Sunday because of the weather. The crew capsule is set to dock at the space station Monday after a 16-hour flight.

Sunday’s launch is expected to usher in new and additional commercial opportunities in low-Earth orbit. There are movies to be shot, beauty products to be promoted and tourists to be welcomed to the space station.

This is the first so-called operational flight for

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SpaceX Launches its First Full NASA Crew to the International Space Station

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SpaceX has launched for takeoff — again!

Over three months after the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft rocket returned from space after its historic takeoff in May, the spacecraft launched on Sunday evening from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida bound for the International Space Station.

The launch was pushed back twice — first to assess an engine issue with the Falcon 9 rocket and then again due to weather, according to NPR and CNBC.

NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguch are all onboard. According to ABC News, they are all set to stay on the ISS for six months after the launch and help with maintenance and research.

The launch marks the second-ever crewed mission for Elon Musk’s SpaceX, and the first operational flight as part of NASA’s commercial crew mission.

Terry Renna/AP/Shutterstock The astronaut

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Victor Glover to Be First Black Astronaut Aboard I.S.S.

In the 20-some years that people have been living aboard the International Space Station, its extended crew has never included a Black astronaut. Victor J. Glover, a Navy commander and test pilot who joined the astronaut corps in 2013, will be the first.

Since the International Space Station’s inception it has seen numerous other milestones: hosting the world’s first space tourist, having its first female commander and enduring the transition from U.S. astronauts being transported through NASA’s space shuttle program to using SpaceX’s spacecraft.

But Mr. Glover’s achievement is notable for NASA, which has worked to spotlight the “hidden figures” in its history, but has so far sent only 14 Black Americans to space out of a total of more than 300 NASA astronauts.

He will not be the first Black astronaut aboard the station. But those who preceded him from NASA were members of space shuttle crews during the

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