MOSCOW — The International Space Station (ISS) is functioning well after Russia’s Nauka module accidentally restarted its engines after docking with the ISS on Thursday, Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos said Friday.
Due to a short-term software failure, a direct command was mistakenly executed and thereafter reactivated the module’s engines, and changed the ISS’s orientation, Roscosmos said in a statement. (Russia-ISS-Accident)
JERUSALEM — The Israeli-owned shipping company Zodiac Maritime announced on Friday that two crew members on board a Japanese ship operated by the company were killed in an incident on Thursday.
A company statement said the dead were a Romanian and British national. According to media reports, the ship was attacked off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea. (Israel-Maritime Incident-Killed Crews)
ADDIS ABABA — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 6,635,522 as of Friday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.
The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union, said the death toll from the pandemic stands at 168,478 while 5,813,540 patients across the continent have recovered from the disease. (Africa CDC-COVID-19-Caseload)
LONDON — The active travel boom seen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to thrive thanks to a 338-million-pound (about 472.2-million-U.S.-dollar) package to boost cycling and walking across Britain, British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced Friday.
This funding will help see the construction of hundreds of miles of new high-quality cycle lanes and aid the delivery of new schemes to encourage walking, according to the British Department for Transport (DfT). (UK- Cycling-Travel Boom)