SpaceX Crew Dragon to Ferry Four Astronauts to International Space Station on November 14

Three NASA crew and one Japanese astronaut are set for launch aboard a SpaceX rocket Saturday, bound for the International Space Station in the program’s first six-month routine mission since the United States resumed crewed space flight in May after nine years of reliance on Russia.  

NASA on Tuesday officially certified as safe the Crew Dragon capsule developed for regular astronaut transportation by SpaceX, the company founded by Elon Musk that carried two astronauts to the ISS in May and back to Earth again in August without major incident. 

“I’m extremely proud to say we are returning regular human spaceflight launches to American soil on an American rocket and spacecraft,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said. 

Take-off is planned for 7:49pm Saturday (6:19am IST Sunday) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida with American astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi on board. 

As of Tuesday evening, the weather outlook for Saturday was good. 

They are expected to arrive at the ISS eight hours later, at 09:20 GMT Sunday (2:50pm IST Sunday). 

The mission marks a culmination for SpaceX, setting it up to be NASA’s favoured, and so far most reliable, transportation provider as the agency

Apple’s MacBook Air with M1 chip: Everything you need to know

Get all the specs, new features, pricing, and availability details for Apple’s first M1-powered MacBook Air laptop, and find out how it compares to the previously released Intel-based models.

Apple’s MacBook Air with M1 chip:

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On Nov. 10, 2020, Apple held its “One More Thing” event in which it released information about the upcoming macOS 11 Big Sur and some of the new features of that OS. While exciting in its own right, that was not the star of the show. The spotlight was squarely on Apple’s showcase of three new devices using the newest creation: Apple Silicon, also known as Apple’s M1, a custom System-on-a-Chip (SoC) hardware.

Apple Silicon is the collection of processors, GPU, Secure Enclave, and other chipsets that make up the guts of a computer. Though we will eventually see it sweep through all of Apple’s computing product line, the new SoC has been fashioned into the first device, the MacBook Air.

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The Air has all of the design features and portability that users have come to know and love since Apple first revealed the Air to the public.