On PR Newswire: International Space Station is Open for Business, Aerospace Companies Merge, Best and Worst Airports Unveiled

With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy:

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NASA Opens International Space Station to New Commercial Opportunities, Private Astronauts

NASA is opening the International Space Station for commercial business so U.S. industry innovation and ingenuity can accelerate a thriving commercial economy in low-Earth orbit.  This move comes as NASA focuses full speed ahead on its goal of landing the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024, where American companies also will play an essential role in establishing a sustainable presence.

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Raytheon and United Technologies Aerospace Businesses to Combine in Merger of Equals

Raytheon Co. and United Technologies Corp. have entered into an agreement to combine in an all-stock merger of equals. The transaction will create a premier systems provider with advanced technologies to address rapidly growing segments within aerospace and defense. The merger of Raytheon, a leading defense company, and United Technologies, a leading aerospace company, comprised of Collins Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney, will offer a complementary portfolio of platform-agnostic aerospace and defense technologies.

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World’s Best and Worst Airports Both Call Los Angeles Home, per Inaugural Fodor’s Travel Awards

Los Angeles has earned the distinction of being home to both the Best U.S. Airport (Hollywood Burbank Airport) and the World’s Worst Airport (LAX), according to the results of the first-ever Fodor’s Travel Awards, announced June 12. The awards, chosen by the Fodor’s editorial team of travel experts, aim to highlight travel standouts — and some duds — in categories that matter to today’s modern traveler.

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Global Peace Index: Global Peacefulness Improves for the First Time in Five Years but World Remains Less Peaceful Than a Decade Ago

The 13th edition of the annual Global Peace Index (GPI) report, the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness, reveals that the average level of global peacefulness improved for the first time in five years. However, despite improvement, the world remains considerably less peaceful now than a decade ago, with the average level of peacefulness deteriorating by nearly 4% since 2008. This year’s report includes new research on the possible effects of climate change on peace.

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U.S. News Ranks the Best High Schools by Metro Area

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, announced on June 12 the 2019 Best High Schools by Metro Area rankings, which span 933 metro areas in the country.  “We’ve heard from students, parents and school officials that they’re interested in seeing how their school compares with others in the community,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. “With these new rankings, residents in more than 900 metro areas nationwide can see which local schools are succeeding at educating and graduating their students.”

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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists.  He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.

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