The 2022 winners of prestigious Milky Way photography competition revealed

Sprinkle a bit of stardust on your day by gazing upon these sensational shots of the Milky Way.   They are the 25 images claiming gold stars in the annual Milky Way Photographer of the Year competition run by photography blog Capture the Atlas. The photos show dreamy night skies cascading over countries including the US, … Read more

Rocket Lab snatches rocket out of sky using a helicopter on its first try

After multiple days of uncooperative weather thwarted Rocket Lab’s launch plans, the company launched a rocket and successfully caught it with a helicopter as it fell to Earth. The milestone moment was the first end-to-end test of this recovery technique. Recovering rocket boosters and re-flying the hardware can save millions of dollars. SpaceX has been … Read more

Peter Thiel’s New Zealand lodge should be rejected, council planner says

Peter Thiel has properties all over the world but a proposed luxury lodge in New Zealand may not come to fruition. Marco Bello | Getty Images The future of Peter Thiel’s luxury lodge on New Zealand’s South Island hangs in the balance after a senior planner for the local council said the tech billionaire’s development … Read more

Rocket Lab helicopter catches rocket booster, then drops it | Space News

The company’s test is partially successful as it attempts to make its boosters reusable. Launch firm Rocket Lab USA Inc has captured a falling rocket stage out of the air with a helicopter before dropping it in the ocean, appearing to achieve a partially successful test of the company’s novel cost-savings approach. The demonstration on … Read more

US tries to seize yacht in Fiji. But which oligarch owns it?

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A judge in Fiji is due to rule Tuesday on whether US authorities can seize the luxurious superyacht Amadea — worth some $325 million — which has been stopped from leaving the South Pacific nation because of its links to Russia. But a vital question remains over which oligarch really … Read more

Why is the Solomon Islands-China security pact causing alarm? | Military News

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has been defending the security pact his government signed with China on Tuesday. Sogavare told parliament the agreement with Beijing was necessary to deal with the Solomon Islands’s “internal security situation”. The Pacific island nation has long struggled with political unrest, most recently in November 2021 when protesters targeted … Read more