A crane steadies the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster rocket as it rests on a landing zone near the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Canaveral, Florida, December 22, 2015. "It's a revolutionary moment", Musk later told reporters. However, the SpaceX vessel managed to land in one piece. The mission matches rival space firm Blue Origin's feat of successfully returning a reusable rocket to Earth, a milestone the company achieved last month.
Many took to social media to document the rare event. The full moon, which is the last of the year, is called the Full Cold Moon because it occurs at the start of winter in the northern hemisphere. Sometimes, it is even called Full Cold Moon, Full Long Nights Moon or the Moon before Yule. But this year, a bright full moon will be an added gift for the holidays.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued seven flood alerts and 16 flood warnings while the UK's Met Office issued a yellow warning of rain for parts of north Wales, northern England and southern Scotland. The town of Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire was particularly badly flooded, with shops and cars submerged in water. In Lancashire, the Fire and Rescue Service said it had been called out to around 350 incidents and rescued 50 people during the floods on Boxing Day, with a ll its ...
The company has been trying to land the first stage successfully to try to make space flight cheaper and more attainable to anyone interested. However, according to the engineer, the "real test" is if the rocket stage can be successfully re-used for later launches.
Elsewhere in the region where the weather had calmed, dozens of people faced Christmas having lost their homes and possessions. (Deangelo McDaniel/The Decatur Daily via AP). "I think everyone understands now the gravity of what happened", Anita Foster, spokeswoman for American Red Cross of North Texas, said on WFAA television.
With peak figures of 7.1 million, the two-hour long episode of Julian Fellowes' drama just pipped the Strictly Christmas special, won by Harry Judd, which was the BBC's most-watched show of the day with a peak of seven million viewers and an average of 6.5 million.