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Mice, fish and flies: the animals still being sent into space

Sixty years after Laika the dog became the first living creature to go into orbit, animals are still being sent into space—though these days much smaller creatures are going up. Julie Robinson, chief scientist for the International Space Station programme, explains what we are still learning from animals in orbit. Why no more dogs, cats or monkeys? When those animals were sent into space, it was because people were afraid that mammalian species in general could not survive without gravity, and that people might…

PM Abbasi visits air base in Sargodha, flies in F-16

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi visited an operational air base of Pakistan Air Force in Sargodha on Saturday and became first premier to fly in a F-16 fighter jet. On his arrival at the Mushaf Air Base, he was received by Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman. During his visit, in an exercise training mission, the prime minister also flew in F-16 aircraft of the elite No 9 multirole squadron. The Air Chief, sitting in another F-16 aircraft also participated in the training mission. It was…

US flies bombers over Korean peninsula after North Korea missile test

SEOUL: The United States flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force on Sunday after Pyongyang's recent tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), the US and South Korean Air Forces said. North Korea said it conducted another successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Friday that proved its ability to strike America's mainland, drawing a sharp warning from US President Donald Trump. The B-1B flight was in direct response to the missile test and the…