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The conquering alien mothership had a power malfunction.

District 9 time, only with the current populist movement, we'll probably build a space-wall to keep the aliens out.
 
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Neowin said:
A Japanese space capsule carrying large quantities of rock from the asteroid Ryugu has landed back on Earth, more specifically, near Woomera in South Australia. According to BBC News, the capsule was captured on camera streaking across the sky before parachuting down to the ground. It was subsequently found at 19:47 UTC after it transmitted a beacon which was tracked from a helicopter.


More Photos at JAXA: https://global.jaxa.jp/news/2020/#news17615
 
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"A Japanese space capsule carrying large quantities of rock from the asteroid Ryugu has landed back on Earth, more specifically, near Woomera in South Australia. According to BBC News, the capsule was captured on camera streaking across the sky before parachuting down to the ground. It was subsequently found at 19:47 UTC after it transmitted a beacon which was tracked from a helicopter."
Oh sure, target Australia.
Why not aim the capsule at Tokyo?
 
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"A Japanese space capsule carrying large quantities of rock from the asteroid Ryugu has landed back on Earth, more specifically, near Woomera in South Australia. According to BBC News, the capsule was captured on camera streaking across the sky before parachuting down to the ground. It was subsequently found at 19:47 UTC after it transmitted a beacon which was tracked from a helicopter."
Oh sure, target Australia.
Why not aim the capsule at Tokyo?
Wide open spaces that are safe for landing a capsule. Japan is almost entirely filled with dense population.
 
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Wide open spaces that are safe for landing a capsule. Japan is almost entirely filled with dense population.
I know, but I'll still complain about other countries thinking we are a good spot for space crap to crash.
They seem to think because it looks empty on a map there's no people there, when that region is littered with mines and people.
 
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Land, not crash. Big difference. And there is most definitely economic considerations going on.
 

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Brian Cox is one of our UK national treasures. Physicist AND former member of a pop band called D:ream (?) who had UK hits with the tracks 'Things Can Only Get Better' and 'You're the Best Thing'. Not to be confused with the guy who played 'Dr Lecter' in the original film 'Manhunter' with William Peterson. Trivia makes sense more accessible. :D
I'm more of a fan of Brian May myself...
 

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Brian Cox is one of our UK national treasures. Physicist AND former member of a pop band called D:ream (?) who had UK hits with the tracks 'Things Can Only Get Better' and 'You're the Best Thing'. Not to be confused with the guy who played 'Dr Lecter' in the original film 'Manhunter' with William Peterson. Trivia makes science more acessible. :D
I keep thinking of the other Brian Cox:
 
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This was a few months ago and I only just watched it, but it was very interesting.
 
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The heat shield drops away toward Mars after being released from the Mars 2020 back shell during the spacecraft’s descent through the Martian atmosphere on Feb. 18, 2021. The heat shield and back shell encapsulated NASA’s Perseverance rover on its journey to the Red Planet. This image was taken by the rover’s Lander Vision System Camera, serving as part of the Terrain-Relative Navigation system.


 
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This image was captured while NASA’s Perseverance rover drove on Mars for the first time on March 4, 2021



From Sunlight to Starlight [ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile]
 
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