Prince Harry Meghan Markle win crown for fastest to 1M Instagram followers

first_img 0 On Wednesday, the couple also shared a post of Prince Harry meeting with people as part of his work in mental health.  Post a comment About an hour after the couple’s account launched, Instagram “partially crashed, preventing most users from being able to follow the account on first clicking the follow button,” according to journalist Benjamin Wareing.K-Pop star Kang Daniel previously held the Guinness record after joining Instagram earlier this year. He reached 1 million followers in 11 hours 36 minutes. Pope Francis, who got 1 million followers in 12 hours, held the record in 2016. The Royal Family is quite familiar with the social network. Its Instagram account has more than 5 million followers and over 2,400 posts. Even Queen Elizabeth herself has posted content to the account. Last month, the Royal Family shared a set of social media guidelines asking people to show “courtesy, kindness and respect” on its accounts. This came after Duchesses Kate Middleton and Markle became the target of hateful comments online. In January, Kensington Palace reportedly asked Instagram and Twitter to help curb abusive comments. Before her wedding to Prince Harry, Markle had deleted her social media accounts. It’s safe to say many people are happy to have her back. Instagram It may not be a crowning achievement, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke an Instagram world record for reaching 1 million Instagram followers in under 6 hours. Anwar Hussein/Getty Images Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke the Guinness World Record for being the fastest to get 1 million Instagram followers. The couple launched their account sussexroyal on Tuesday, reaching 1 million followers in 5 hours and 45 minutes, according to Guinness. At the time of publication, the account had 3 million followers. “Welcome to our official Instagram; we look forward to sharing the work that drives us, the causes we support, important announcements, and the opportunity to shine a light on key issues,” reads the account’s first post, which has more than 1 million likes.  Tags Online Share your voicelast_img read more

SpaceX simplified A quick guide to Elon Musks space company

first_imgFalcon Heavy liftingSpaceX grabbed heaps of attention in February of 2018 when it launched Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket launched from the US since the Saturn V that sent astronauts to the moon. Basically three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together, the huge launch system sent a test payload consisting of Musk’s personal red Tesla Roadster in the direction of Mars. Two of the three Falcon 9s that made up Falcon Heavy also landed nearly simultaneously at Cape Canaveral. More than 15 years after his initial trip to Moscow, Musk finally pulled off the international spectacle he had conceived in 2001, and he’s also built a viable business in the process.The second launch of Falcon Heavy came April 11, 2019 and was followed by the first successful landing of all three first-stage rocket cores. A third Falcon Heavy launch was conducted June 25, 2019 and SpaceX took reusability one step further by catching the payload fairing (the nose cone that shields the payload during launch) using a ship equipped with a gigantic net.  Every Elon Musk project right now 16 Photos 5 Watch SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket make its first test… Now playing: Watch this: 6:19 Elon Musk Space SpaceX Tesla Sci-Tech 13:31 Share your voice Humans on Mars: An atlas of plans to land on the Red Planet Originally published June 2, 2018 and updated as new SpaceX developments come in.  How to follow Falcon flightsYou can watch every Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch via the company’s website and YouTube channel. Each broadcast typically goes live about 15 minutes before the scheduled launch time.To keep up with the constantly changing schedule of launches, the best source is the SpaceX Twitter feed. It’s also a good idea to follow Elon Musk’s account if you don’t already. Starship to the moon and MarsSpaceX plans to use Falcon Heavy to launch some large payloads in the coming months, but it’s already at work on an even bigger rocket called Starship (previously referred to BFR, Big Falcon Rocket or Big F***ing Rocket). Musk hopes this even more massive rocket will be able to transport cargo and eventually human passengers around the world and the solar system. He envisions using Starship to ferry people on superfast international flights via space and eventually to bases yet to be built on the moon, Mars and beyond.A single-engine Starship prototype called Starhopper left the ground for the first time on July 25, 2019, hovering about 20 meters (66 feet) off the ground before landing a short distance away at SpaceX’s test facility in south Texas. In 2018, Musk revealed that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the company’s first paying customer for a Starship mission, which will send the entrepreneur and six to eight of his favorite artists on a week-long flight past the moon and back to Earth in 2023.  SpaceX launches Bangladesh’s first communications satellite Sights on ‘Starlink’SpaceX isn’t just working on getting things into space, it also hopes to use space to bring the universe to us. In May 2019, the company launched dozens of small satellites designed to be the first batch in a massive constellation of broadband satellites. The plan, dubbed Starlink, is to use nearly 12,000 satellites in low-Earth orbit to blanket the globe with high-speed internet access. The company says the service could create a new stream of revenue to help fund its pricey Mars ambitions. What’s next? Since its inception, SpaceX has aimed to get to Mars, but the company is involved in non-space-related projects on Earth like the high-speed Hyperloop transit concept. Musk’s Boring Company tunnel-digging and traffic-mitigating ventures are also largely operating out of SpaceX headquarters in Southern California. Unlike the other big Musk company, Tesla Motors, SpaceX is not publicly traded. Musk has said he doesn’t plan to take SpaceX public until the company realizes its Mars ambitions. That means SpaceX might make sense as the home of any other future Muskian side projects like Hyperloop and the Boring Company in the meantime.  Falcon 9 is a two-stage orbital rocket that’s been used to launch satellites for companies and governments, resupply the International Space Station and even send the US Air Force’s super-secret space plane on its mysterious long missions. Over the past nine years the company has flown more than 70 Falcon 9 missions. What really sets Falcon 9 apart from the competition is its unprecedented ability to send a payload into orbit and then have its first stage return to Earth, landing either on solid ground or on a floating droneship landing pad at sea, another SpaceX innovation. After a few explosive failed attempts, a Falcon 9 finally landed safely on Dec. 22, 2015, and a few months later another touched down on a droneship for the first time. Several recovered Falcon 9 rockets have since flown and landed again. On May 11, 2018 SpaceX launched its first Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket, the “final version” designed to be reused up to 100 times with periodic refurbishments. A Dragon that fliesSpaceX’s Dragon craft has been used to carry cargo to the International Space Station. Dragon was the first commercial spacecraft to be recovered after a trip from orbit. SpaceX is working on a second version called Crew Dragon that it intends to use to send humans to space and the ISS.NASA has selected Crew Dragon, along with Boeing’s Starliner, to be the first spacecraft to carry astronauts to the ISS since the end of the shuttle program. The initiative suffered a setback in April 2019 when an unoccupied Crew Dragon exploded during a ground test because of a leak in the pressurization system. The first flight of Crew Dragon with humans aboard is now unlikely to happen before 2020.  32 Photos Maezawa plans to invite artists from media like literature, film, visual arts, architecture and fashion to join him on the journey. The famed art collector is footing the bill for the whole trip with the expectation that the artists will create new works inspired by the experience. The project has been dubbed #dearMoon, and Musk has since announced plans to livestream the entire mission in VR for fans at home to follow along.Musk offered his plans for a large city on Mars at two International Aeronautical Congress meetings, but he has yet to give many details on what life on the Red Planet would be like. He’s said SpaceX is primarily interested in providing the transportation, while allowing others to worry about the infrastructure. However, company President Gwynne Shotwell said it might make sense for SpaceX sister venture, the Boring Company, to bore tunnels on Mars that could be used for human habitation. Paul Wooster, the company’s lead engineer for its Mars plan, said at the 2018 Mars Society conference that the first people sent to the Red Planet would live on the landed Starship spacecraft indefinitely while building habitation, landing pads and other initial infrastructure.  23 Photos Now playing: Watch this: SpaceX, the rocket company founded by tech billionaire Elon Musk, was created with the mission of taking humans to Mars. Nearly two decades on, it’s getting ever closer to achieving that goal while accomplishing plenty of other milestones along the way.Elon Musk caught on film by National Geographic during the Falcon Heavy launch. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET If you’re having a hard time keeping up with SpaceX’s plans to replace international airline flights with orbital rocket trips, send a Japanese billionaire and his favorite artists around the moon, create a global broadband network and develop a Mars rocket, don’t worry. We created this SpaceX primer so you can get up to speed fast.How SpaceX startedIn 2002, Musk and friends traveled to Russia to buy a refurbished intercontinental ballistic missile. The Silicon Valley prodigy who made millions off internet startups wasn’t looking to start a business at the time. He wanted to spend a big chunk, or maybe all of his fortune, on a stunt he hoped would reinvigorate interest in funding NASA and space exploration. The idea was to buy a Russian rocket on the cheap and use it to send plants or mice to Mars — and hopefully bring them back, too. Ideally, the spectacle would get the world excited about space again. But Musk’s Moscow meeting didn’t go well and he decided he could build rockets himself, calculating that he could undercut existing launch contractors in the process. SpaceX was founded just a few months later.What’s a Falcon 9 rocket?Musk initially hoped to make it to Mars by 2010, but just getting one of its rockets into orbit took six years. A SpaceX Falcon 1 orbited Earth for the first time on Sept. 28, 2008. This paved the way for a nine-engine version of the rocket, the Falcon 9, the company’s workhorse since its first launch in 2010.  Tags SpaceX Dragon V2 spacecraft unveiled by Elon Musk (pictures) Commentslast_img read more

8 File In Special Election To Replace Carol Alvarado 3 Sign Up

first_imgBob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneU.S. Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, and state Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso.Eight candidates have filed for the Jan. 29 special election to replace former state Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, while three have signed up for a separate special election — on the same day —to succeed state Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, according to the Texas secretary of state’s office.The deadline was 5 p.m. Thursday to file to run in the two reliably Democratic districts.In House District 145, the crowded field is competing for the seat once held by Alvarado, who won a promotion to the upper chamber last month. The candidates include six Democrats, a Republican and Libertarian. Among the more prominent names:Democrat Christina Morales, a funeral home owner who is using the top operatives from Alvarado’s Senate campaign last monthDemocrat Melissa Noriega, a former Houston City Council member who took over the HD-145 seat in 2005 while her husband at the time, incumbent Rick Noriega, served in AfghanistanRepublican Martha Fierro, who finished third last month in the special election that Alvarado won to succeed ex-state Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-HoustonThe other five candidates are Democrats Oscar Del Toro, Ruben Gonsalez, Elias De La Garza and Alfred Moreno, as well as Libertarian Clayton Hunt.Meanwhile, the special election in HD-79 is for the seat vacated by Pickett, who is resigning effective Friday due to health issues. The three candidates are Democrat Art Fierro, chairman of the El Paso Community College board; Democrat Michiel Noe, an outgoing member of the El Paso City Council; and Republican Hans Sassenfeld, an activist.Fierro has emerged with an early advantage in the race, earning the endorsements of every member of the El Paso delegation to the Legislature beside Pickett.Early voting in both races begins Jan. 14.This article was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.  Sharelast_img read more