The MINERVA-II1 rovers were launched from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft which was orbiting, the asteroid dubbed Ryugu. They sent back a few images on their way down, several which were a bit blurry, but a couple of nice ones. Including this one, which clearly shows the asteroid just before the rover touches down:
The robots are designed to capitalise on the low gravity on the asteroid, by hopping, rather than rolling, along its surface. They will send back data and images that the lead scientists hope will answer questions about the formation of the universe.
Next month the orbiting spaceship will deploy explosives to the asteroid so the rover can look below its surface. Following that, yet another rover, a collaborative effort between French and German scientists will be sent to the asteroid to explore even further.
Lots of conspiracy theories abound after the FBI suddenly whooshed in dramatically in Blackhawk helicopters and ushered everyone out of the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico, putting the facility on lockdown.
The FBI is refusing to explain why the sudden closure, nor even that they were involved.
The Albuquerque Sheriff, Benny House, reportedly said:
“There was a Blackhawk helicopter, a bunch of people around antennas and work crews on towers, but nobody would tell us anything.”
Now of course, the internet is going wild with speculation. Theories range from aliens, to killer asteroids, and everything in between.
Mysterious indeed! Hopefully we’ll learn more soon.
Culture sure can be a load of bullshit. Why are people so blinded by their upbringing that they can’t see how insane their ingrained notions of what’s right and wrong are?
A Egyptian man was filmed eating breakfast with a female colleague (in a full burka no less), and subsequently was jailed as a result!
The man was arrested by the Saudi Ministry of Labour and Social Development, who accused him of “committing several violations and taking up a post exclusively reserved for Saudis”.
Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is purporting to be on a drive to modernise the country. Speaking of drives, he recently oh so generously granted women in the country the right to drive.
Apparently modernising the country’s often grotesque laws and human rights violations doesn’t extend to dining with a woman.
The comments on the article are just as insane.
I can’t even tell if this one is a joke:
“I need to understand why men are constantly punished and not women,” said Twitter user Malak. “I am a Saudi [woman] and I swear I want them to punish her with him. Laughter, eating at the workplace… where are your limits?”
Or how about this:
developing jobs for Saudi women among foreigners is considered an explicit breakdown of customs, traditions, and values.
Duh! It should be an explicit breakdown of traditions and values if those are your traditions and values.
Traditions are just that – traditions. They are manmade, not some divine natural law. They were usually invented in an older, very different time. Let’s update them instead of trying to live on values that were established when people lived to the age of 30 and rode horses or camels through the street.
From Texas (go figure) comes the story of an off-duty cop who returned home after work, only it wasn’t her home she returned to.
After some sort of altercation with the actual resident, a man from St. Lucia, named Botham Shem Jean, the cop, still in her uniform, ends up shooting and killing him.
Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall, summed up my thoughts when she said:
“Right now there are more questions than we have answers.”
Come on, how does someone first think they’re in the right apartment, when it’s obviously not theirs? And then to get to the point where they whip out their gun and kill the guy, all while she’s wearing a cop uniform? The mind boggles.
The victim must have been in a serious state of confusion before he met his untimely end.
The International Space Station has a hole in it. Last week after noticing a drop in pressure inside the station, the official statement was that a meteorite had caused the hole.
Now the story has changed. Apparently, the hole was done with a drill, either accidentally or on purpose, either on Earth or in space.
As you can see in the picture, there are marks from a sliding drill, so they think that it could just have been a bungling technician who slipped and made the hole and glued it up without telling anyone, and now the epoxy has come lose.
At any rate, the astronauts have fixed it temporarily with epoxy, so they are safe for now. If they hadn’t caught it, they would have run out of air in 18 hours!
Well this is certainly a catastrophe. 20 million historic artefacts from around the world, including the oldest fossils ever found in Brazil, have all gone up in flames in a massive fire at Brazil’s 200 year old national museum.
They’ve not yet said what the cause was, but apparently fire hydrants close to the museum were not working, hampering efforts to put out the fire.
Brazilians, especially the indigenous, are understandably upset that more was not done to safeguard so many valuable items of historic significance.
“The tragedy this Sunday is a sort of national suicide. A crime against our past and future generations,” Bernard Mello Franco, one of Brazil’s best-known columnists, wrote on the O Globo newspaper site.
Ok, seriously, how could you be an adult and not where you are suppose to stick your dick to make a baby?
The Metro, always a source of the most absurd tales (where do they find this stuff?), is reporting that a Chinese couple were trying to have a baby for 4 years, and finally went to a doctor to ask why they weren’t conceiving.
The doctor then does an examination on the woman, only to discover she can stick 3 fingers up the woman’s butt (what?!), and enquires what that’s all about. Lo and behold, they’ve been having anal sex, trying to make a baby, for years.
How can you be an adult in this day and age and not know how to make baby? Cavemen did it, and they didn’t even have internet porn. This really can not be true.
How does this strange tale end? Well, the couple go on home, have sex the (other) way Mother Nature intended, and a baby is on the way just weeks later!
And as what I can only presume is some sort of symbolic gesture, the doctor for her troubles receives from the couple 100 eggs and a chicken!
Here’s another sad one. A mechanic at Sea-Tac airport stole a plane today and flew it around in loopdy-loos and barrel rolls for a while before plowing it into the ground and killing himself.
They’re calling it a suicide and it sure sounds like one if you listen to the recordings of his conversation with the air traffic control.
He says, “Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose I guess”…and at the end he says, “I didn’t really plan on landing it”.
Something else in that transcript that struck me, was that he, like myself and so many others was obviously affected by that orca and her baby. He says, “Hey, I want the coordinates of that orca; you know the mama orca with the baby. I want to see that guy.”
Damn. Empathy is hard.
I also want to add that that air traffic controller was good. Talking to him calmly like he was a normal guy, trying to get him down safely. It’s unfortunate it didn’t end so well.
And on that note, I’m just going to leave this one here.