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  • SpaceX lands NASA launch contract for mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa

    article author: ReutersSat, 2021-07-24 06:04 LOS ANGELES: Elon Musk’s private rocket company SpaceX was awarded a $178 million launch services contract for NASA’s first mission focusing on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa and whether it may host conditions suitable for life, the space agency said on Friday. The Europa Clipper mission is due for blastoff in October 2024 on a Falcon Heavy rocket owned by Musk’s company, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA said in a statement posted online.Main category: WorldScience & TechnologyTags: JupiterSpaceXNASAElon MuskEuropa Clipper

  • World’s largest oil trader hands record payout to staff

    article author: Arab NewsSat, 2021-07-24 00:47 RIYADH: Vitol Group paid a record $2.9 billion to its executives and staff through share buybacks this year after the global energy trader posted its best results in 2020, Bloomberg News reported on Friday. Vitol’s net profit of $3.2 billion last year exceeded its previous record of $2.3 billion in 2019, the report said, citing the company’s audited annual accounts.Main category: Business & EconomyTags: VITOL GROUP

  • Magnitude 6.7 quake hits south of the Philippine capital

    article author: ReutersAFPAuthor: Sat, 2021-07-24 02:26 MANILA: An earthquake of magnitude 6.7 struck south of the Philippine capital early on Saturday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. The agency said aftershocks were expected from the tectonic earthquake, at a depth of 116 kilometers (72.08 miles). Some residents in the capital region were awakened by the quake that lasted nearly a minute. “The quake was deep so there is no tsunami,” Renato Solidum, director of the Seismology agency, told DZRH radio station. “In Manila, the intensity 4.0 or 5.0 is strong but not yet destructive.”Main category: WorldTags: PhilippinesearthquakeBatangasPhilippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs)