The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London in July. The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her second child, Kensington Palace has announced.Picture: John Stillwell/PA
An artist’s impression of Nasa’s Space Launch System (SLS), 70-metric-ton configuration launching to space. SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built for deep space missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately to Mars. The first SLS mission – Exploration Mission 1 – will launch an un-crewed Orion spacecraft to a stable orbit beyond the moon and bring it back to Earth to demonstrate the integrated system performance of the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft’s re-entry and landing prior to a crewed flight. According to Nasa reports, the rocket is expected for a launch test no later than November 2018.
Mount Tavurvur erupts in eastern Papua New Guinea spewing rocks and ash into the air and forcing the evacuation of local communities and international flights to be re-routed. Mount Tavurvur, which destroyed the town of Rabaul when it erupted simultaneously with nearby Mount Vulcan in 1994, rumbled to life early in the morning on the tip of the remote island of New Britain.