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Old Dec 10th, 2020, 09:54 AM   #271
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I have no way of determining if this is true, but... a Twitter user posted the image below. If accurate - that's some seriously cool coincidence...

Ciro J Grijalva @CiroJGrijalva

Quite fitting to have Mars photobomb SN8 in this shot
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And another amazing angle on the bellyflop-flip-burn from SpaceX - it takes a few seconds to load, and doesn't look like it's playing, but give it time. The video looks like an animation with the high-contrast...




There's an aspect of SpaceX's development that doesn't get the attention it deserves - and that's their investment and commitment to providing absolutely amazing visuals. Watch their satellite launches and compare with anyone else out there. BlueOrigin, RocketLab, etc. Amazing tracking, high-quality streams... and the coverage on the SN8 test was fabulous. It's a smart move - expensive, sure, but providing those kinds of visuals feeds a demand for enthusiasts, who now expect other ventures into spaceflight to give as much attention to the PR side of the business.
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China moon probe begins journey back to Earth


A Chinese spacecraft carrying rocks and soil from the moon has begun its journey back to Earth, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday, putting China on course to become the first country to successfully retrieve lunar samples since the 1970s.

Engines on the Chang’e-5 probe were ignited 230 km (143 miles) from the lunar surface early on Sunday, Beijing time, before being shut down after 22 minutes with the craft on a trajectory towards Earth....

A successful landing in Inner Mongolia would make China only the third country to have retrieved lunar samples after the United States and the Soviet Union. The plan was to collect 2 kg (4.4 lbs) of samples, although it has not been disclosed how much was actually gathered.


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Japan Has Opened Hayabusa2’s Capsule, Confirming It Contains Samples From Asteroid Ryugu


The Japanese space agency (JAXA) says it has begun opening the capsule returned to Earth by its historic Hayabusa2 mission – and has confirmed asteroid samples are inside.

Today, Monday, December 14, the capsule was opened for the first time since it touched down in the Australian outback on December 6 following its journey through space.

On board, scientists were hoping to find pieces of asteroid Ryugu, collected millions of kilometers from Earth – and now JAXA has confirmed the mission was successful.

“A black granular sample believed to be derived from the asteroid Ryugu was confirmed inside the sample container,” JAXA said in a short statement.

“This is thought to be the particles attached to the entrance of the sample catcher (the container in which the sample is stored).”

The entire capsule itself has yet to be opened, meaning there are likely more samples of the asteroid waiting inside.

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Very interesting. Bon voyage.
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CHINA JUST BROUGHT THE FIRST MOON ROCKS BACK TO EARTH SINCE 1976


China’s Chang’e-5 mission has officially returned with the first new samples collected from the Moon’s surface in almost half a century.

The spacecraft touched down in the Siziwang district of Inner Mongolia around 1pm Eastern time, and search teams have likely already found it.

Thermal camera footage shown by state media TV network CCTV appears to show the capsule sitting in an otherwise barren landscape.

It’s a historic moment, and an extraordinary testament to China’s space ambitions. The last time humanity returned samples from the Moon was in 1976, when the Soviet Union’s robotic Luna 24 spacecraft brought back about six ounces of lunar samples on board.


MORE COVERAGE:
  • China recovers Chang’e-5 moon samples after complex 23-day mission (SpaceNews)
  • Chinese sample return capsule lands on Earth after round-trip flight to moon (SpaceFlightNow)
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Are you sure that's the correct URL???

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The URL works for me and I can't find any options for an alternate URL. Perhaps you are using one of the ad blocker? The videos seem to not run if there are ad blockers implemented.
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The URL works for me and I can't find any options for an alternate URL. Perhaps you are using one of the ad blocker? The videos seem to not run if there are ad blockers implemented.

Thanks Rod,

I should have double checked the URL with a different browser. It works with Firefox, so I guess I must have something blocking something in my Google Chrome.



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