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  • Snoopy, mannequins and Apollo 11 items will swing by the moon aboard Artemis I

    While no human crew will travel aboard NASA's Artemis I mission, that doesn't mean the Orion spacecraft will be empty. When the Space Launch System rocket and Orion capsule, scheduled for liftoff on August 29, set off on a trip beyond the moon, the spacecraft will be carrying some special items on board including three mannequins, toys and even an Amazon Alexa.

    Snoopy will serve as Artemis I's zero gravity indicator. (2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC/CNN)

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China cuts power to factories, homes as reservoirs fall

Factories in China's southwest have shut down and a city imposed rolling blackouts after reservoirs to generate hydropower ran low in a worsening drought, adding to economic strains at a time when President Xi Jinping is trying to extend his hold on power.

How Australia's deepest cave was discovered

Smart and seven fellow members of the all-volunteer Southern Tasmanian Caverneers (STC) group have officially mapped and measured their country's deepest known cave, which clocks in at 401 vertical metres (1,315 feet).