COVID-19: Approval of Pfizer vaccine is a historic moment for the UK | Science & Tech News, Reports

This is an historic moment. The beginning of the end of the pandemic. And it starts here in the UK, the first country to licence a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Pfizer/BioNTech jab was shown in clinical trials to prevent 95% of COVID cases. And it works just as well in the elderly, who are most at risk of serious illness from the virus.

With at least 59,000 deaths in the UK, 1.5 million worldwide, never has a vaccine been in greater need.

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The UK medical regulator has been reviewing data on safety and effectiveness as it came in from clinical trials in recent weeks, so it was able to give it the green light just a week after the companies formally applied for emergency use authorisation.

The first of 40 million doses – enough for 20 million people – will be shipped

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China says spacecraft successfully lands on moon for historic sample collection

The Chinese government says a robot probe launched to return lunar rocks to Earth has landed on the moon. The official China News Service said the Chang’e 5 “successfully landed on the moon in the pre-selected landing area.” It gave no more details.

The probe adds to a string of increasingly ambitious missions by a Chinese space program that aims eventually to land a human on the moon.

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This animation released by China Central Television (CCTV) shows Chang’e-5 probe flying to moon.

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The spacecraft is expected to collect about 4 pounds of rock and soil samples, and return them to Earth for laboratory analysis.

If successful, the Chang’e 5 mission will make China only the third nation, after the United States and the former Soviet Union, to bring moon rocks back to Earth.

The Chang’e 5 flight is China’s third successful lunar landing. Its predecessor, Chang’e 4,

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China’s Chang’e 5 enters lunar orbit for historic attempt to return moon samples

China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft has entered orbit around the moon ahead of an historic attempt to collect samples from the moon and return to Earth.



a close up of the moon: An artist's illustration of China's Chang'e 5 moon orbiter entering lunar orbit for the country's first moon sample-return mission.


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An artist’s illustration of China’s Chang’e 5 moon orbiter entering lunar orbit for the country’s first moon sample-return mission.

The 18,100-lb. (8,200 kilograms) Chang’e 5 launched on a Long March 5 rocket on Monday (Nov. 23) from the country’s Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on Hainan Island and reached the moon today (Nov. 28) after an 112-hour journey. 

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The Chang’e 5 orbiter module fired its main engine at 7:58 a.m. EST (1258 UTC; 8:58 p.m. Beijing time) when 249 miles (400 kilometers) away from the moon, the China Lunar Exploration Program announced just under an hour later.  

In pictures: China on the moon! A History of Chinese lunar missions

The spacecraft fired its 3,000-Newton engine for around 17 minutes. This

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SpaceX Resilience capsule crew boards space station for historic mission

NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins is the first crew of SpaceX's Resilience capsule to enter the International Space Station early Tuesday. Photo courtesy of NASA

NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins is the first crew of SpaceX’s Resilience capsule to enter the International Space Station early Tuesday. Photo courtesy of NASA

Nov. 17 (UPI) — Four astronauts entered the International Space Station early Tuesday to hugs and cheers from the orbiter’s current residents following a historic launch from Florida on board Resilience, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.

Resilience with its SpaceX Crew 1 lifted off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Sunday night for a 27 1/2-hour flight through space that ended with a

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Baby Yoda joins astronauts on historic SpaceX Crew-1 mission to ISS

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Baby Yoda is the chosen zero-gravity indicator for SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience.


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Baby Yoda captured hearts as soon as he appeared in the Disney Plus series The Mandalorian. The breakout Star Wars star is now an honorary member of the Crew-1 mission thanks to astronauts who picked the character to be the “gravity indicator” on their historic SpaceX flight to the ISS. 

NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, along with Japanese Space Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, were en route Sunday night to the International Space Station. The Baby Yoda toy could be seen floating in the spacecraft during the NASA livestream. 

The astronaut crew — as well as NASA and SpaceX — kept Baby Yoda’s presence a secret until they reached zero-gravity. “Baby Yoda says you

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

The launch has finally taken place. The SpaceX Crew Dragon is on its way to the ISS with four astronauts onboard after a successful launch at 7:27 p.m. ET.



Soichi Noguchi et al. standing in front of a car posing for the camera: 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. SpaceX


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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. SpaceX

You can read everything you need to know about the successful launch here

But it’s been a long time coming. This launch in particular has had a storied journey, with multiple postponements and delays. It was originally supposed to launch way back in 2016.



Soichi Noguchi et al. posing for the camera: NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, and Mike Hopkins, and astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency - who constitute the crew of NASA's Crew-1 mission - inside SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft.


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


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SpaceX, NASA launch Crew-1 mission on historic journey to the ISS

Resilience is on the way to the International Space Station. At exactly 7:27 p.m. ET, a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster burst to life at Launch Complex 39A, its engines lighting up the Florida coast. The picture-perfect launch of the gumdrop-shaped Crew Dragon spacecraft — given the nickname Resilience — marks a historic moment in American spaceflight history



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“By working together through these difficult times, you’ve inspired the nation, the world, and in no small part, the name of this incredible vehicle, Resilience,” said Michael Hopkins, spacecraft commander of Crew-1 prior to launch.

Resilience is a theme of the launch. Not since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011 has NASA sent humans to orbit from American soil in an operational mission. The launch for this particular mission has been delayed, pushed

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Biden and Trump congratulate NASA and SpaceX on historic launch

SpaceX launched four astronauts into space Sunday night, marking a first for NASA and private space travel. The four astronauts — Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and Victor Glover of NASA, plus Japan’s Soichi Noguchi — are the first sent to the International Space Station from U.S. soil since NASA’s space shuttles were retired in 2011, and the first to travel there aboard a privately built spacecraft certified by NASA for human spaceflight. Both President Trump and President-elect Joe Biden tweeted their congratulations after the successful launch.

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SpaceX Crew-1 launch sends NASA astronauts on historic journey to the ISS

Resilience lifts off on its way to the International Space Station


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Resilience is on the way to the International Space Station.

At exactly 7:27 p.m. ET, a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster burst to life at Launch Complex 39A, its engines lighting up the Florida coast. The picture-perfect launch of the gumdrop-shaped Crew Dragon spacecraft — nicknamed Resilience — marks a historic moment in American spaceflight history

“By working together through these difficult times, you’ve inspired the nation, the world, and in no small part, the name of this incredible vehicle, Resilience,” said Michael Hopkins, spacecraft commander of Crew-1. 

And resilience is a theme of the launch, too. Not since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011 has NASA sent humans to orbit from American soil in an operational mission. The launch for this particular mission has been delayed, pushed back and postponed multiple times — the

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4 astronauts set to launch for ISS in historic NASA-SpaceX mission



Soichi Noguchi et al. posing for the camera: NASA astronauts Shannon Walker (L), Victor Glover(2ndL),Mike Hopkins(2ndR) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi(R), wearing SpaceX spacesuits, Nov. 12, 2020, at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


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NASA astronauts Shannon Walker (L), Victor Glover(2ndL),Mike Hopkins(2ndR) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi(R), wearing SpaceX spacesuits, Nov. 12, 2020, at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Four astronauts are set to launch into orbit on Sunday in the historic first operational flight for the SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft as part of NASA’s commercial crew mission.

This marks the second-ever crewed mission for Elon Musk’s private space-faring firm SpaceX, after the successful launch and return of NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley with the Demo-2 mission this summer.

It is also the culmination of years of collaboration between NASA and the private sector as part of an effort to bring launch capabilities back to U.S. soil and end a dependency on Russia for trips to the International Space Station.



a sign on a pole: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, topped with the Crew Dragon capsule, is readied to carry four astronauts on the first operational NASA commercial crew mission at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Nov. 13, 2020.


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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, topped

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