The most breathtaking space pictures of 2021 so far include a black hole, the "Lost Galaxy" and Jupiter's jet streams.

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NASA has further rewarded them with breathtaking images showing the wonders of the universe.

From the black hole to the "Lost Galaxy," Insider rounded up the highlights.

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NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope revisited the Veil Nebula to capture the fine details of the nebula's delicate threads and filaments of ionized gas.

The Event Horizon Telescope revealed the first image of a massive black hole, outlined by rings of light showing the intense gravitational field.

The Hubble Telescope took a portrait of the "Lost Galaxy," located around 50 million light-years from Earth.

Wind-sculpted dark dunes surrounding Mars' northern polar cap. The photo was shared to mark the 20th anniversary of the Mars Odyssey orbiter.

This image captures the extensive jet streams on Jupiter to show the turbulent atmosphere penetrating the gas giant planet.

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China will launch its next robot lunar lander in 2024, and it will carry equipment from France, Sweden, Russia and Italy, the official news agency reported. The Chang’e landers are part of Chinese space exploration efforts that also include a probe that is preparing to land a robot rover on Mars.

(Bloomberg) -- Most stocks in Asia drifted higher Monday as investors look for clues on the economic recovery in a big earnings week and a Federal Reserve meeting. The dollar and Treasuries slipped.An MSCI Inc. gauge of the region’s stocks rose, though individual market moves across the region were muted. U.S. futures fluctuated after most major groups in the S&P 500 advanced Friday. The 10-year Treasury yield ticked higher, though remained below 1.6%.Copper surged to the highest in a decade on expectations supply will tighten as the global economic recovery gains traction. Oil slipped, while gold edged higher. Bitcoin bounced back above $50,000 as it recovered from the lowest in seven weeks.Focus turns to the Fed meeting, with policy makers reiterating that they are in no hurry to withdraw support even as the U.S. economy rebounds. U.S. new-home sales rebounded in March to the highest since 2006, while output at manufacturers and service providers reached a record high in April.A slew of earnings from megacaps including Tesla Inc., Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. will be parsed as investors look for clues on how companies are faring in the recovery.“If we are going to see big jumps in earnings growth for these companies this week, then I think those it’s a positive backdrop for the markets,” Ben Emons, Medley Global Advisors global macro strategy managing director, said on Bloomberg Television. On the Fed meeting, “Treasury yields have declined a little bit, they’ve taken back rate hikes in the future and we can’t really expect the Federal Reserve or other central banks to lift off so quickly, so soon given the uncertainty about the pandemic,” Emons said.On the virus front, India’s Covid-19 crisis is worsening, with a million cases added in the past three days.Here are some key events to watch this week:Bloomberg Live hosts the Bloomberg Green Summit Monday through April 27Bank of Japan rate decision and Governor Haruhiko Kuroda briefing TuesdayFed Chair Jerome Powell holds a press conference Wednesday following the FOMC meetingJoe Biden makes his first address as president to a joint session of Congress WednesdayU.S. GDP is forecast to show robust 6% growth in the first quarter, bolstered by government stimulus ThursdayThese are some of the main moves in markets:StocksS&P 500 futures rose 0.1% as of 2:20 p.m. in Tokyo. The S&P 500 rose 1.1% FridayTopix index rose 0.2%Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index was little changedKospi index rose 0.7%Hang Seng Index was little changedShanghai Composite Index rose 0.2%Euro Stoxx 50 futures were flatCurrenciesThe yen rose 0.2% to 107.72 per dollarThe offshore yuan was at 6.4839 per dollar, up 0.1%The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index dipped 0.1%The euro rose 0.1% to $1.2109BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries rose one basis point to 1.57%Australia’s 10-year bond yield was at 1.73%CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude dipped 0.6% to $61.78 a barrelGold was at $1,781.19 an ounce, up 0.2%LME copper increased 1.2% to $9,667 a tonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

An Asian man was hospitalized in New York after being knocked down and kicked in the head, in yet another attack on Asians during the pandemic.

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Berkeley, CALIFORNIA (Reuters) -A unit of Samsung C&T Corp is considering developing solar power plants worth $673 million in the U.S. state of Texas, aiming to sell the electricity generated starting December 2023, documents reviewed by Reuters showed. The plants will be located in Milam county, the documents showed, less than two hours' drive from Austin where affiliate Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has a chip factory and is considering building another at a cost of $17 billion. A Samsung C&T official told Reuters that Samsung Renewable Energy is "proceeding with approval procedures with the state".

Children attending summer camp can get within 3 feet (1 meter) of each other but should wear masks to limit the spread of COVID-19, according to fresh guidance issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC's updated recommendations for camps, issued on Saturday, have been eagerly awaited by parents as the end of the school year approaches. The agency said its camp guidance aligns with its evidence for social distancing at schools, with at least 3 feet between children - and at least 6 feet (2 meters) when eating and drinking.

Video game adaptation takes No. 1, while anime film reaches $450 million worldwide with $20 million U.S. launch This weekend’s box office was a head-to-head battle between an R-rated anime film and an R-rated video game film, with Warner Bros.’ “Mortal Kombat” winning out with an estimated $22.5 million opening from 3,073 locations.But Funimation’s “Demon Slayer — The Movie: Mugen Train” hit an important milestone, as well, with its $20 million U.S. opening. Already standing as the highest grossing film in Japanese box office history, it has now passed $450 million worldwide with this U.S. launch that came in just 1,600 theaters. That gives “Demon Slayer” a per theater average of over $12,000, the highest since the opening weekend of “Sonic the Hedgehog” 14 months ago. Combined, the two films pushed weekend gross totals to an estimated $56 million, a new high for the post-pandemic box office. Now the industry will see how these two films, which are expected to be more front-loaded than “Godzilla vs. Kong” due to their rating and reliance on cult fanbases, will perform over the next three weeks. With no Marvel movie around to kick off the May release slate, the box office isn’t expected to have another major opening weekend until the release of Lionsgate’s “Saw” spinoff “Spiral” on May 14. “Mortal Kombat” was released in both theaters and on HBO Max and sports a 57% Rotten Tomatoes critics score, while audiences gave it a B+ on CinemaScore and an 89% audience RT score. Los Angeles, which currently has a 50% capacity limit on theaters, was the top market for the film followed by New York, which is still under a 25% limit that will increase to 33% on Monday. Dallas and Houston, which have no capacity limits, were third and fourth. IMAX reports that $2.5 million of the film’s domestic opening came from its screens. “Demon Slayer” is on track to stand sixth among the all-time highest grossing anime films in the U.S. by the end of the weekend and will likely pass “The Secret World of Arrietty” and “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie” to take the No. 4 spot by Monday. The film does not have a CinemaScore rating but does have a 99% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Also Read: ‘Mortal Kombat,’ ‘Demon Slayer’ Get Box Office Moving Again In a distant third is Warner Bros.’ “Godzilla vs. Kong,” which added $4.1 million in its fourth weekend to bring its domestic total to $86.5 million and its global total past $400 million, making it the first Hollywood film since “Bad Boys for Life” to reach that milestone. Universal’s “Nobody” and Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” complete the Top 5, with “Nobody” earning $1.8 million in its fifth weekend for a $21.6 million total. “Raya” is now on the verge of reaching $40 million in domestic grosses after eight weekends with a $1.68 million weekend total. Read original story ‘Mortal Kombat’ Tops ‘Demon Slayer’ at Box Office With $22.5 Million Opening At TheWrap

The weekend at movie theaters featured something not seen for a while: a genuine box-office battle. Warner Bros.' “Mortal Kombat” reboot and the Japanese anime film “Demon Slayer: Mugen Train” both vied for the top spot at the North American box office, with “Mortal Kombat” narrowly edging “Demon Slayer." The R-rated “Mortal Kombat” earned an estimated $22.5 million, according to studio estimates, while Funimation's “Demon Slayer” grossed $19.5 million.

We can’t lie … we’re impressed One of the most surprising introductions into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in recent memory came in the fifth episode of Disney+’s “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” when Julia Louis-Dreyfus showed up as the mysterious Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. The most impressive part of her appearance is that it was a genuine shock when she showed up to pick up the ruins of John Walker’s (Wyatt Russell) shattered ego in the wake of his firing as Captain America. Now that the season is over, Louis-Dreyfus let us know how they were able to keep her role a secret. “They snuck me onto set every day in this stunning hooded cloak. I have worn it every day since. Obviously,” Louis-Dreyfus wrote on her Twitter account Friday. They snuck me onto set every day in this stunning hooded cloak. I have worn it every day since. Obviously. @MarvelStudios @falconandwinter #Val #ContessaValentinaAllegraDeFontaine pic.twitter.com/3ACQh5Olw6— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) April 23, 2021 Also Read: How ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Sets Up the MCU’s Phase 4 Future Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ character figures to have a pretty important role going forward, as she’s seen by the end of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” not only refashioning Walker into U.S. Agent but apparently building a team of her own. In the comics, where she’s also known as Madam Hydra, de Fontaine is kind of like a bizarro-world version of Nick Fury. Valentina Allegra de Fontaine was created by writer-artist Jim Steranko, best known for his celebrated late ’60s run on the Marvel Comics series “Strange Tales,” soon retitled as “Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Valentina first showed up in “Strange Tales” #159 in 1967, just before the renaming. In the comics, Valentina is an Italian jet setter who joined S.H.I.E.L.D. in an attempt to honor her parents, who apparently died during World War II fighting in “the resistance.” She rose quickly through the ranks however, eventually became the leader of an all-female team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents called Femme Force, and also had an off-again, on-again romantic relationship with Nick Fury. (There’s much more about her character here.) Also Read: ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier': Is US Agent a Bad Guy or Good Guy? Read original story Here’s the Hilarious Way Marvel Kept Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Appearance a Secret At TheWrap

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MI6 is placing the climate emergency at the forefront of its international espionage with “green spying” on the world’s big polluters, its new chief has revealed. Richard Moore, head of the UK’s foreign intelligence service, described climate change as the “foremost international foreign policy item for this country and for the planet”. It means the big industrial countries will be monitored by MI6 to ensure they are upholding their commitments to combating rising global temperatures. Mr Moore, known as ‘C’, took charge of the intelligence agency in October and has become the first head of the service to ever give a broadcast interview. He indicated that British spies will make China the focus of much of their climate-related espionage by pointing out that Beijing is “certainly the largest emitter” of carbon. “Our job is to shine a light in places where people might not want it shone and so clearly we are going to support what is the foremost international foreign policy agenda item for this country and for the planet, which is around the climate emergency, and of course we have a role in that space,” he told Times Radio. “Where people sign up to commitments on climate change, it is perhaps our job to make sure that what they are really doing reflects what they have signed up to.”

All the suits, sparkles and sequins from Sunday night's Academy Awards.

Zendaya arrived at the Oscars in a Valentino dress and matching Jimmy Choo heels. She also wore $6 million of Bulgari diamond jewels, People reported.

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SpaceX could land astronauts on the moon in 2024, Elon Musk says

Space.com 26 April, 2021 - 01:00am

Though he did acknowledge that his timelines tend to be optimistic.

"We're gonna aim for sooner than that," he added.

"Obviously, we need to, like, not be making craters," he said with a laugh. "Got some work to do, but making rapid progress. We've got to make sure we're accelerating the rate of innovation, and then it could be ready in a couple years."

Those flights involved iterations of the 165-foot-tall (50 meters) Starship spacecraft, which is known (somewhat confusingly) as Starship. The giant first-stage rocket that will launch Starship off Earth is called Super Heavy. SpaceX has built a Super Heavy prototype but has not yet flown one.

Musk acknowledged that his target timelines tend to be optimistic and should be taken "with a grain of salt." But the occasion of today's news conference offers some reason for optimism, highlighting as it did SpaceX's human spaceflight achievements (albeit with a different transportation system, the Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule). With Crew-2 safely on its way to the space station, SpaceX has now launched three crewed missions to Earth orbit in less than 12 months.

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