Florida

Science • Space
SpaceX Capsule splashdown successful, first water landing since 1975
SpaceX Capsule splashdown successful, first water landing since 1975
Credit: @NASA, via Twitter

Doug and Bob are back on planet Earth. The Crew Dragon capsule splashed down safely at 2:48 PM EDT in the Gulf of Mexico. Sunday's splashdown marked NASA's first water landing since 1975.

Science • Space
SpaceX Crew Dragon in preparation to return to Earth
Personnel from NASA, SpaceX and the U.S. Air Force practicing recovery operations for the SpaceX Crew Dragon.
Personnel from NASA, SpaceX and the U.S. Air Force practicing recovery operations for the SpaceX Crew Dragon. Credit: SpaceX / Public domain

Bob and Doug are coming home. SpaceX's Crew Dragon will undock from the ISS at 7:34 PM EDT on August 1. Splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City is expected at around 2:42 PM EDT on August 2.

A final decision on whether to proceed with the mission will be made approximately six hours before undocking and will largely depend on weather conditions and Hurricane Isais, which is currently headed towards Florida.

Technology • Internet & Web
Trump states he plans on banning TikTok in the United States
Trump states he plans on banning TikTok in the United States
Credit: unsplash.com / Kon Karampelas

During an Air Force One flight from Florida to Washington, President Donald Trump has stated that "as far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States". He added that he has the authority to issue such ban through an executive order, but has yet to follow through on his statement.

Sports • Baseball
MLB: Marlins home opener postponed after coronavirus outbreak
MLB: Marlins home opener postponed after coronavirus outbreak
Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Fourteen individuals of the Miami Marlins have tested positive for coronavirus, hours before the team's first home game. The Marlins were scheduled to play the Baltimore Orioles as part of a three game series on Monday, 27 July.

Marlins CEO Derek Jeter released a statement, claiming the "health of our players and staff has been and will continue to be our primary focus."

Per the CDC, the Marlins' home state of Florida has the second highest number of cases at 418,844 as of 28 July.

Politics • American • US
Teachers union sues Florida's governor over order to reopen schools
Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Florida
Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Florida Credit: Condor5635 / Public domain

The Florida Education Association has filed a lawsuit against the Florida government over its order to reopen schools despite rising number of Covid-19 cases. The order, signed by Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran in early June, orders all schools – private and public – to reopen its doors for students starting August. The lawsuit was filed against Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, the Florida Department of Education, Florida State Board of Education and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

"The lawsuit intends to stop the reckless and unsafe reopening of public school campuses as coronavirus infections surge statewide," so the FAE's release.

Politics • American • US
Florida reports over 15,000 Covid-19 cases, sets new daily record
Drive-through testing in Orange County, Florida
Drive-through testing in Orange County, Florida Credit: Sgt. Spencer Rhodes/US Army / Public domain

The state of Florida reported over 15,000 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, setting a new daily record. It's the highest daily case count recorded in the United States, surpassing New York's previous high from April 4 of 12,274 cases.

Lifestyle • Travel
Disney World Florida reopens despite record Covid-19 numbers
Fireworks at Magic Kingdom, Disney World.
Fireworks at Magic Kingdom, Disney World. Credit: unsplash.com/Jaime Creixems

Disney World Florida is set to reopen its doors to visitors. The Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks will open on Saturday, EPCOT and Hollywood Studios will follow on July 15. Disney will implement strict safety measures, including reduced capacity and mandatory face masks. The reopening comes as Florida is reporting record numbers of new Covid-19 infections in the last days, reaching 10,000 daily cases on Tuesday.

Health
Florida's ICU capacity drops to 17 percent amid rising Covid-19 cases
A surgical nurse, prepares a patient for a procedure in the intensive care unit.
A surgical nurse, prepares a patient for a procedure in the intensive care unit. Credit: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sara Eshleman / Public domain

Hospitals in Florida are running out of intensive care unit beds as the state sees one of the worst surges of Covid-19 cases in the United States. A report by Florida's health authority shows that 30 hospitals are at 90 percent ICU capacity while almost 50 hospitals have no more available ICU beds.

Politics • American • US
U.S. reports 55,000 new Covid-19 cases – daily global record
U.S. reports 55,000 new Covid-19 cases – daily global record
Credit: unsplash.com/United Nations COVID-19 Response

On Thursday, there were 55,274 new Covid-19 reported in the United States, breaking both a single-day record and daily global record. Florida reported over 10,000 cases, also a single-day record, and Texas around 8,000 cases. Infections are rising in 37 U.S. states. Almost 129,000 people have died from a Covid-19 infection.

Science • Space
SpaceX to launch third Starlink mission in a month
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches Starlink at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches Starlink at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Credit: 2nd Lt. Alex Preisser/USAF (Public Domain)

SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 rocket as part of the Starlink 9 mission this Thursday. The launch is planned for 20:39(UTC) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

This will be the third Starlink launch in June alone, bringing the size of the growing constellation to around 600 satellites and closer to the threshold of 800 required for some limited broadband service to begin.

Business • Economy
Apple stores to close in four US states amid rising Covid-19 cases
Apple stores to close in four US states amid rising Covid-19 cases
Credit: pexels.com/zhang kaiyv

Apple announced that it would temporarily close a total of six stores in Florida, Arizona, North and South Carolina due to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases.

Apple told TechCrunch: "Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas. We take this step with an abundance of caution as we closely monitor the situation and we look forward to having our teams and customers back as soon as possible."

Science • Space
Everyday Astronaut to livestream NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 launch
Screenshot of Everyday Astronaut's livestream footage
Screenshot of Everyday Astronaut's livestream footage Credit: Everyday Astronaut via YouTube

Everyday Astronaut's Tim Dodd is providing a livestream of NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 launch on his YouTube channel. Dodd is stationed about 3 miles away from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to capture the launch of the first private spacecraft to transport astronauts into low-Earth orbit. The launch will be at 4:33 p.m. EDT.

Science • Space
NASA and SpaceX are set for launch of SpaceX Demo-2
The Crew Dragon spacecraft and the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Launch Complex 39A.
The Crew Dragon spacecraft and the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Launch Complex 39A. Credit: Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls (Public Domain)

NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission is set to launch on May 27 at 4:33 p.m. EDT. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft will transport two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station to provide "critical data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon spacecraft, and ground systems, as well as in-orbit, docking, and landing operations".

Science • Space
NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 to begin on May 27
NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 to begin on May 27
Credit: NASA (Public Domain)

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley have been working and training on SpaceX's next-generation human space vehicle. The two astronauts will lift off on a Falcon 9 rocket on May 27 from the Launch Complex 39A in Florida that will take them to the International Space Station for an extended stay for the Demo-2 mission. NASA calls this mission a "new era of human spaceflight" and believe it will "not only renew American capability to launch astronauts from U.S. soil" but it will also "expand the number of crew members on board the station".

Education • School Education
Special Education Teachers surprise Students with At-Home-Graduation

Teachers and staff of North Florida School of Special Education surprised their students, who have been studying from home since March, with home visits for their graduation. Staff came to students' homes to present them with graduation cap and gown alongside balloons and other gifts.

“(There was) this group of people in our cul-de-sac--cars and people. I thought, one of the teachers will just drop off the cap and gown, so that was a huge surprise.”, so a mother of one of the students.

Business • Economy
Prescriptions to be delivered via drones to Florida retirement community

UPS and CVS are starting a drone delivery service of prescription drugs to Florida's largest retirement community in early May. The Villages, a retirement community northwest of Orlando, is home to over more 135,000 people, most of which are deemed high-risk for Covid-19. “Our new drone delivery service will help CVS provide safe and efficient deliveries of medicines to this large retirement community, enabling residents to receive medications without leaving their homes,” Scott Price, UPS chief strategy and transformation officer, said. UPS received government approval for their drone airline last fall.

Health
Disney World Florida closes amidst Covid-19 outbreak

Following the global spread of the coronavirus Disney is taking measures and closes down Disney World in Orlando, Florida as well as the Disneyland resort in Anaheim, California and the Disneyland in Paris, France. With these parks closing all eleven Disney parks around the world are now closed due to the coronavirus pandemia.