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Disney photographers capture truly cinematic photos of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket soaring past Disney World

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket soaring above the Magic Kingdom, as captured by photographer Kent Phillips.
  • Disney photographers shared images of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket shooting up over Walt Disney World.
  • Elon Musk's company launched four astronauts into orbit for NASA early Friday morning.
  • The rocket left a silhouette vapor trail in the skies above the theme park just before sunrise.
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As part of its latest Crew-2 mission, SpaceX blasted four astronauts toward the International Space Station aboard the Crew Dragon Friday spacecraft Friday morning.

The launch was a sight for sore eyes and Disney World would have been an excellent vantage point to witness the spectacle.

The event was captured by Disney photographers, David Roark and Kent Phillips, and made for some breathtaking photos over Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom parks, creating a particularly magical experience for those who saw it from afar.

The rocket, which shot up from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, then left a silhouette vapor trail in the skies above the theme park just before sunrise.

The four-person crew aboard the spaceship spent almost a year training for the mission, as Insider previously reported. It was the first SpaceX mission to launch astronauts on a reused spaceship in a bid to enable more efficient and cheaper travel into space.

In September 2021, Crew Dragon is expected to carry the first all-civilian spaceflight in history, called Inspiration-4.

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Disney photographers capture truly cinematic photos of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket soaring past Disney World

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket soaring above the Magic Kingdom, as captured by photographer Kent Phillips.
  • Disney photographers shared images of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket shooting up over Walt Disney World.
  • Elon Musk's company launched four astronauts into orbit for NASA early Friday morning.
  • The rocket left a silhouette vapor trail in the skies above the theme park just before sunrise.
  • See more stories on Insider's business page.

As part of its latest Crew-2 mission, SpaceX blasted four astronauts toward the International Space Station aboard the Crew Dragon Friday spacecraft Friday morning.

The launch was a sight for sore eyes and Disney World would have been an excellent vantage point to witness the spectacle.

The event was captured by Disney photographers, David Roark and Kent Phillips, and made for some breathtaking photos over Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom parks, creating a particularly magical experience for those who saw it from afar.

The rocket, which shot up from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, then left a silhouette vapor trail in the skies above the theme park just before sunrise.

The four-person crew aboard the spaceship spent almost a year training for the mission, as Insider previously reported. It was the first SpaceX mission to launch astronauts on a reused spaceship in a bid to enable more efficient and cheaper travel into space.

In September 2021, Crew Dragon is expected to carry the first all-civilian spaceflight in history, called Inspiration-4.

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Bitcoin plummets more than 10% to less than $55,000 in its biggest drop in months, just days after reaching a record $64,800

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Bitcoin climbed on Thursday morning
  • Bitcoin slipped 10.8% in the 24 hours to Sunday morning.
  • It was the biggest single-day drop since February, Bloomberg reported.
  • Reports attributed the drop to speculation the US Treasury may scrutinize digital currencies closer.
  • See more stories on Insider's business page.

Bitcoin tumbled to its biggest single-day drop since February over Saturday, just days after reaching a record high, Bloomberg reported.

Bitcoin fell 10.8% in the 24 hours to Saturday 7am ET, from $61,396 to $54,750. At one point, it reached a low of $51,300 after it dropped more than $7,000 in a single hour, before partially recovering.

Several online outlets attributed the drop to speculation the US Treasury may take action against money laundering conducted through digital assets, per Bloomberg and Coinbase.

Bitcoin hit a record high of $64,869.78 on Wednesday ahead of the stock-market debut for the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global Inc. on the Nasdaq.

Bitcoin has faced more regulatory scrutiny in recent months. Turkey's central bank said on Friday that it would cease the use of cryptocurrencies as a valid form of payment from April 30. The move caused Bitcoin to slip as much as 5%.

The bank said the anonymity of digital brings the risk of "non-recoverable" losses.

In March, Insider reported that India was likely to ban bitcoin and fine anyone who buys, holds, or sells any form of digital currency.

While concerns linger over the risks associated with bitcoin, some companies are embracing the cryptocurrency: Paypal and Xbox, for example, are beginning to accept bitcoin as payment, and Wall Street firms such as Morgan Stanley are considering stakes in the digital token so they can give their wealthiest clients access to the crypto market.

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China’s digital currency will be distributed using a two-tiered system to help get it into consumers’ hands

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Chinese digital currency.
  • China has become the first major economy to roll out a digital currency.
  • The e-yuan will bypass the global financial system.
  • Economists, however, warn it could endanger the US dollar long-term.
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The People's Republic of China (PBOC) introduced its first blockchain-powered digital currency controlled by its central bank, The Wall Street Journal first reported. The project took seven years to complete since work began in 2014.

The e-yuan is a government-sponsored virtual currency designed to trace all movements of money. For example, the state will know full details about what someone purchased and where, FXStreet reported.

It is money that isn't associated with the global financial system, where the US dollar has dominated since World War II. Its main aim is to gain more centralized control and replace some of the cash and coins in circulation, CNBC reported. It is also a faster and cheaper way to make domestic and international transactions.

Up to 750,000 people have been chosen by a lottery system, allowing them to spend their digital yuan in both offline and online stores using an app, per the Journal. Food and drink giants including Starbucks and McDonald's reportedly moved quickly to accept the new currency.

China is the second country and first major economy to roll out a digital currency. The first country was the Bahamas Central Bank, according to Bloomberg.

Distribution of the digital yuan will involve a two-tiered system. It will be dispensed to commercial banks who will then be responsible for getting the currency into consumers' hands, CNBC reports.

PBOC also suggested the two-tier structure can "avert disintermediation in the financial sector" because the central bank will not be in competition with the commercial banks, per CNBC.

The virtual currency is held in cyberspace. It is available on a card, or an individuals' mobile phone screen with a picture of Mao Zedong, mirroring the paper money. Spending doesn't require an internet connection.

Support for the digital yuan is not unanimous as some think it could potentially threaten the future of the US dollar, MarketWatch suggested.

John Lipsky, a former International Monetary Fund staffer, told The Wall Street Journal: "Anything that threatens the dollar is a national-security issue. This threatens the dollar over the long term," in a feature that described the virtual yuan as "a re-imagination of money that could shake a pillar of American power."

Does this mean there is a digital dollar on the way?

Jerome Powell, the federal reserve chairman, thinks so, telling Congress that it is looking carefully at issuing one. It is now a "high-priority project for us," he said.

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The UAE has announced Nora al-Matroushi as its first female astronaut

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Mohammed al-Mulla, left, and Noura al-Matroushi, right.
  • The UAE revealed its first female astronaut, who will join the country's space program.
  • Sheikh Mohammed posted on Twitter on Saturday to announce Nora al-Matroushi's appointment.
  • At the same time, Mohammed al-Mulla was named as her male counterpart.
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The United Arab Emirates on Saturday announced its first female astronaut.

Dubai ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, revealed the news on Twitter.

Nora al-Matroushi, 27, was selected alongside Mohammed al-Mulla. The two were chosen from more than 4,000 applicants in the UAE who applied for the program, Sheikh Mohammed said in a tweet.

"We congratulate the country. We count on them to raise the name of the UAE in the sky," Sheikh Mohammed added.

The pair will work alongside Hazza Al Mansouri, the first Emirati astronaut to fly into space, and Sultan Al Neyadi, UAE's reserve astronaut.

Al-Matroushi also took to Twitter. She wrote: "The nation gave me unforgettable moments today. I aim to work hard to script historical moments and achievements that will be etched forever in the memory of our people."

The astronaut holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the United Arab Emirates University, Mohammed bin Rashin Space Centre shared in a video on Twitter.

She works as an engineer at the National Petroleum Construction Company.

Her love for space began at a young age, "as she enjoyed going to stargazing event," the video added. The motto she upholds to live life by is: "Do what makes you happy."

Al-Mulla is a commercial pilot. He works as an aeronaut for Dubai police where he is also the commander of their training division.

The announcement marks the progress being made by several space agencies to advance gender equality in the space industry, which has dominated by men since the 1960s, The National reported.

The pair will commence training at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Assuming she takes part in a mission, she could become the first Arab woman in space, according to the UAE government.

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David Hogg is giving up pillow entrepreneurship and returning to gun-control activism. His company Good Pillow aimed to rival the MyPillow brand.

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Parkland shooting survivor and activist David Hogg (L) in Los Angeles on July 20, 2018 and MyPillow CEO Michael Lindell (R) at the White House on January 15, 2021.
  • David Hogg announced Saturday he is stepping down from his pillow company, Good Pillow.
  • The Parkland shooting survivor launched the company to compete with Mike Lindell's MyPillow.
  • Cofounder and tech mogul William LeGate will continue the mission to build an ethical company.
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Parkland shooting survivor and pillow entrepreneur David Hogg announced Saturday he is permanently stepping away from his company, Good Pillow.

Taking to Twitter, he said: "Effective immediately, I have resigned and released all shares, any ownership and any control of Good Pillow LLC."

The reason for his departure was due to "personal commitments," including taking the time to "focus on studies in college" and "advance the gun violence prevention movement."

In another tweet, Hogg said: "While the tragedy and trauma I experienced does shape me, like many other survivors of gun violence, it is not even close to who I am fully and I am looking forward to using this time to grow myself as an organizer, friend, son, and brother."

The 20-year-old Harvard University student launched Good Pillow to do battle with conservative MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. Hogg aimed to "run a better business and make a better product all with more happy staff than Mike the pillow guy while creating US-based Union jobs and helping people," Insider's Sophia Ankel previously reported.

Hogg launched the rival company after teaming up with tech mogul William LeGate. Lindell greeted his competition with ambivalence when he told Axios there's "nothing wrong with competition that does not infringe on someone's patent."

Now, with increasing commitments to studies, family and activism, Hogg felt it necessary to cut ties with his company and let LeGate continue the mission to build an ethical company.

Lindell's company has seen a drop-off in support by some retailers in recent months. In an interview with Insider's Grace Dean, Lindell said 22 retailers, including Kohl's and Bed Bath & Beyond, pulled MyPillow's products after he was found spreading voter-fraud conspiracy theories. He told Insider this could cost him $65 million.

Most recently, the brand's products vanished from Costco's website. Insider asked Costco whether it had cut ties with the brand but the retailer declined to comment.

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SpaceX and OneWeb satellites nearly crashed into each other in orbit, according to reports

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A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket, with a payload of 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network, during liftoff.
  • SpaceX and OneWeb satellites were just feet away from crashing into each other in orbit.
  • 'Red alerts' were sent to both companies by the US Space Force warning them of the near disaster.
  • The US government agency found the satellites only 190 feet apart.
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SpaceX and OneWeb's satellites were dangerously close to colliding with each other in orbit last weekend, according to reports.

The Verge reported that it was the first known crash-avoidance incident for the two companies as they try to grow their new broadband-beaming networks in space.

The event occurred after OneWeb blasted a new batch of 36 satellites into orbit and had to dodge through an array of Starlinks to reach its targeted orbit.

The outlet said "red alerts" were sent from the US Space Force 18th Space Control Squadron to both companies. The US government agency found the satellites only 190 feet apart. A collision would have sent hundreds more pieces of debris flying around space. This could potentially also have led to further collisions with other nearby objects.

OneWeb's satellites operate at an orbit roughly 550 km higher than SpaceX's Starlink. This means OneWeb's constellation must pass through SpaceX's sea of satellites.

As both teams tried to coordinate, it was discovered that SpaceX disabled its automated AI-powered collision-avoidance system to give OneWeb the opportunity to drive its satellite out of the way, according to Chris McLaughlin, chief of government, regulation, and engagement at OneWeb.

McLaughlin spoke to Insider's Kate Duffy last week to discuss OneWeb's strategy. He addressed concerns relating to the way big space companies are launching thousands of satellites.

He said the practice is "not a responsible way forward for future generations," adding that OneWeb is "adopting a more responsible use of space."

OneWeb plans to have 648 satellites at 1,200 km in orbit in line with its goal to provide a global broadband service. The company's most recent launch on March 25 took it up to 146 satellites.

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A private pilot has offered a free round trip to Austin to a family who were booted off a Southwest Airlines flight, after their toddler couldn’t keep his mask on

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The Harveys were offered a private flight to Austin.
  • A Facebook video shows a family being kicked off a Southwest flight over a mask incident.
  • The family was told to leave when their toddler refused to keep his mask on.
  • A private pilot and old friend learned of the incident and offered them a free flight.
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Earlier this month, a family was ordered to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after their two-year-old could not keep his face mask on.

Now, a Good Samaritan has stepped in to help them reach their intended destination at no extra cost, The New York Post reported.

Erik Harvey, his wife Michelle, and their toddler Jackson were all ready to fly from Denver to Austin on April 1 through Southwest Airlines, Fox News reported.

Aware of the federal regulations for all flight passengers over the age of two, the parents knew their son was required to cover his face for the duration of the flight.

"I practiced with him at least two or three times at the house and every time he threw it off, but I figured that [Southwest] would work with us on the plane because he's 2," Michelle Harvey told Fox 7.

When the family boarded the flight, Jackson was wearing his mask. "Everything was going swimmingly ... until it wasn't. That's when Jackson threw off the mask and "was done wearing it."

"The flight attendant comes over and she says, 'Ma'am he's not wearing his mask, you're gonna have to leave the plane,'" Erik Harvey said.

James Peck, an old friend and private pilot, spotted a social media video about the family's experience and decided to offer them a private flight to Austin at no cost, per Fox 7.

"I knew that I could use that as a great excuse to go take a flight and help them out and get them here," Peck said. He has even offered to fly the Harveys back to Denver after their trip ends.

Acknowledging the selfless deed, Harvey told Fox News: "The miracles will come to you, things will show up, and that Good Samaritan will show up."

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Remote-work salaries are higher than office-based salaries in some cities, a new study has found

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The translation industry is more likely to offer fully remote positions.
  • Major organizations are scaling back their office spaces as they opt to go fully remote.
  • Data from Jobbland.se data showed which cities are paying higher salaries for non-office work.
  • The US tops the ranking for countries offering the most remote jobs relative to their labour force.
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Many companies are preparing for employees to return to the office at some point this year, but that approach is by no means universal.

The deadly impact of the COVID-19 pandemic meant office-based workers were forced to rapidly shift to remote models. Now, both employers and employees are seeing the benefits and opportunities that such models can provide and are choosing to run with it over the long term. In some cities, this means more money for employees, a new study has found.

Major organizations including, Spotify, Twitter, and Salesforce are scaling back their office spaces as they transition into permanent flexible-work models. Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, recently said as many as 50% of its employees could be working remotely within the next five to 10 years.

No doubt, when some people look for their next career move, they will consider remote work as a more attractive option due to its flexibility.

According to recent data from Harvey Nash, a tech recruiter, more than three-quarters (79%) of UK tech workers - the equivalent of more than one million people working in the sector - want to continue working from home for the majority of the week after the pandemic.

So, for those looking for a job change in a remote-working environment, where are the best places to look?

A new study by Swedish job search engine, Jobbland.se, found the countries that have the most remote jobs available relative to their working-age group. It also analyzed which industries have the most remote jobs advertised, and which cities are paying more or less for non-office jobs that are being advertised.

Which countries are offering the most remote jobs?

Based on jobs being advertised on LinkedIn in March 2021, those living in the US have a greater opportunity to find non-office jobs, where 113% of the jobs being offered are remote, relative to its working population.

Opportunities for remote work fall by nearly half in the UK, but the country still remains the highest non-office job advertiser among other European countries.

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Data suggests that those based in the US have a greater opportunity to find non-office jobs.

Which industries are most likely to offer fully remote positions?

With the option to work in a fully remote environment, the translation industry ranked number one as most likely to offer fully remote positions (91%). Editing and writing (56%), legal jobs (53%), and software development (47%) are also among the highest industries most likely to offer non-office jobs.

Sports and fitness (21%) and manufacturing (15%), however, are among the lowest.

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San Francisco is offering higher average salaries for remote work jobs being advertised.

Which cities are paying more for remote work?

According to the study, employees based in San Francisco can enjoy the benefits of high salaries for both remote and non-remote work. But, the tech city is offering higher average salaries for remote work jobs being advertised. Non-office work is presently paying $31,508 more in the California city.

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In Ottawa, Canada, work-from-home jobs are paying $12,499 more than office jobs, on average. Meanwhile, Lyon pays the highest amount more for remote work than non-remote work in Europe.

In Sydney, there is also a difference in pay between remote and non-remote salaries but the Australian city is the lowest among some of the most populous cities, with only a 2% increase in remote jobs' salaries.

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The BBC was accused of broadcasting too much TV coverage of Prince Philip’s death so it set up a complaints page for annoyed viewers

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  • BBC launched a complaints page after broadcasting wall-to-wall coverage of Prince Philip's death.
  • BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Scotland, BBC News, and BBC Alba were all streaming identical coverage.
  • Viewers that were unhappy with the approach were given the chance to make their voice heard.
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The BBC has organized a dedicated complaints page for irritated viewers, following accusations that it flooded TV channels with too much coverage of Prince Philip's death.

A statement on the page, which allowed viewers to file their objections via email, read: "We're receiving complaints about too much TV coverage of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh."

The BBC did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

The broadcaster's response to the news of the prince's death, which broke around noon local time on Friday, involved it clearing its entire program schedule up to 6 p.m.

Primetime shows including, the "MasterChef" final and "Gardener's World" on BBC Two were withdrawn to allow for special coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh's passing, NBC News reported.

BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Scotland, BBC News, and BBC Alba were all streaming identical coverage throughout the afternoon. This played into the night across the five channels.

The broadcaster's radio stations took a similar approach, with frequent tributes and melancholy music played throughout the day and into the evening.

The blanket coverage prompted some social media users to express their dissatisfaction and annoyance with the BBC.

One Twitter user wrote: "Am i the only one who thinks its ridiculous that every BBC radio channel is playing the same broadcast (about prince philip). Feels like eastern europe 40 years ago."

Others felt the BBC had taken the right approach, with one writing: "@BBCBreaking has done a fab job so far on the passing of #PrincePhilip keep up the good work."

Former BBC News presenter, Simon McCoy, was among those questioning the broadcaster's decisions.

He initially tweeted: "BBC1 and BBC2 showing the same thing. And presumably the News Channel too. Why? I know this is a huge event. But surely the public deserve a choice of programming?" However, in a later tweet, he wrote: "The BBC's coverage was exemplary. Don't misquote me."

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