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NASA aiming to launch new lunar mission in Feb next year

WASHINGTON: NASA is aiming to launch its uncrewed lunar mission Artemis 1 in February next year, the first step in America’s plan to return humans to the Moon. The agency had initially hoped to launch the test flight by the

Two Pakistani peacekeepers among 129 honoured with UN medals posthumously

NEW YORK: The United Nations honoured 129 military, police and civilian personnel from 44 countries, including two Pakistani peacekeepers, who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping missions in 2020. The virtual ceremony, presided over by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, marked

SpaceX accepts dogecoin as payment to launch lunar mission

SAN FRANCISCO: SpaceX will launch the “DOGE-1 Mission to the Moon” next year, with Elon Musk’s commercial rocket company accepting the meme-inspired cryptocurrency dogecoin as payment. “SpaceX launching satellite Doge-1 to the moon next year – Mission paid for in

SpaceX rocket launches 4 astronauts on NASA mission to space station

WASHINGTON: NASA and Elon Musk’s commercial rocket company SpaceX launched a new four-astronaut team on a flight to the International Space Station, making it the first crew ever propelled into orbit by a rocket booster recycled from a previous spaceflight.

Edhi Foundation offers to send humanitarian mission to India

KARACHI: Edhi Foundation has offered humanitarian assistance to India which is grappling a severe healthcare crisis from the coronavirus and diminishing oxygen supplies. Faisal Edhi, Managing Trustee of Edhi Foundation, has written a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

UN ends peacekeeping mission in Darfur region

KHARTOUM: The United Nations and African Union have ended a 13-year mission to maintain peace in the Darfur region of Sudan. Fighting erupted in Darfur in 2003, when ethnic minority rebels rose up against the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum, which

FM Qureshi congratulates UAE on Mars mission

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has congratulated the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the successful launch of the first Arab interplanetary mission. During a telephonic conversation with his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the foreign minister

UAE launches historic Mars mission

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates celebrated in the early hours of Monday morning the launch of its “Hope” probe to Mars, the first interplanetary mission by an Arab nation. The long-anticipated blast-off of the unmanned spacecraft at 6:58 am local

WHO sends team to China on coronavirus origin mission

GENEVA: World Health Organisation (WHO) has sent an epidemiologist and an animal health specialist to China to try and identify the animal source of the new coronavirus pandemic. The WHO said the advance team would be in Beijing for the

Iran’s satellite mission fails in blow to space program

TEHRAN: Iran said that launched satellite on Sunday as “successfully,” but failed to put it in orbit, in a blow to its space program that the US claims to be a front for missile production. Long-standing animosity between Tehran and

PAF jet crashes while on training mission near Shorkot

JHANG: Pakistan Air Force (PAF) spokesperson on Friday has said that a trainer aircraft crashed near Shorkot, in Jhang district Punjab, the pilot was safe in the incident. The PAF spokesperson said, the Mirage plane was on a training exercise

Christina Koch to return to earth after one year of space mission

ALMATY: U.S. astronaut Christina Koch is expected to return to Earth on Thursday, having broken the space flight record for female astronauts after spending nearly a year at the International Space Station. The 41-year-old Michigan research engineer broke the previous

PAF jet crashes while on training mission near Mianwali

MIANWALI: PAF spokesman said on a training mission on Tuesday that two pilots embraced martyrdom as a plane from Pakistan Air Force (PAF) crashed near Mianwali. “Pakistan Air Force regrets that a PAF FT7, aircraft crashed near Mianwali while on

Army Chief Gen Bajwa practises F-16 combat simulation mission

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday visited Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Base Mushaf in Sargodha, the military’s media wing said. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said General Bajwa was taken into the squadron and