A phone box-sized spacecraft has accelerated past the 42-year-old record for Fastest spacecraft as it flies towards the Sun. Parker Solar Probe – jointly operated by NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory – went past the record at 2:54 a.m. GMT on Tuesday 30 October (10:54 p.m. Monday 29 October EDT). Seven hours later the probe had reached a speed of 69.72 km/s (kilometres per second, which translates to around 250,992 km/h or 155,959 mph) relative to the Sun. That’s fast enough to travel from New York to London in about 1 minute 20 seconds (assuming someone got the atmosphere out of the way) and beats the previous record of 68.6 km/s (246,960 km/h; 153,453 mph) set by the US/German Helios 2 probe in 1976.
A Venezuelan man has claimed a spot on the Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest feet. Jeison Orlando Rodríguez Hernandez, 20, from Maracay, Venezuela, has feet measuring nearly 16 inches each and his shoes are size 26.