Space probe touchdown at Woomera.

Submitted: Friday, Dec 04, 2020 at 22:17
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I guess not many of us will be in northern South Australia at this time but an event is happening this weekend.

Sunday will see a Japanese asteroid spacecraft return to earth in the Woomera Prohibited Zone.
It has been on a six year mission to gather asteroid samples from space.
Here is a link to a Brisbane Times article about the event.

A more exact arrival time and place is not yet determined but it will be a fiery sight if you were lucky enough to be there.
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Reply By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Friday, Dec 04, 2020 at 22:27

Friday, Dec 04, 2020 at 22:27
They have been talking about it on the Radio down here Allan, but if all goes to plan, most station people in the area will be fast to sleep, with an expected time of 4am CST Daylight time.

The highways going to be closed all for only 1 gramp of asteroid sample.

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Follow Up By: Paul M50 - Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 22:01

Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 22:01
Stephen, I know two other people who will be sleepn too !!
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Reply By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Friday, Dec 04, 2020 at 22:32

Friday, Dec 04, 2020 at 22:32
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Stephen L is on to it and has already responded with a 'Thumbs-Up'.
How about it Stephen, are you going for a quick drive with your camera?
Mate, it wouldn't surprise me if you did. lol

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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Friday, Dec 04, 2020 at 23:02

Friday, Dec 04, 2020 at 23:02
I will be fast asleep.

Probable the best vantage point would be on the Roxby Road, as the other parts of the Highway will be closed
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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Sunday, Dec 06, 2020 at 15:27

Sunday, Dec 06, 2020 at 15:27
It’s landed, been recovered and my son was working up in Roxy, so got up and saw it and said it was unreal.
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Reply By: OzzieCruiser - Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 12:19

Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 12:19
Its not the actual spacecraft that will be landing - it stays in space to go on for other missions - the spacecraft is dropping a small shaped container that contains the asteroid samples and it is this container that is landing.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Monday, Dec 07, 2020 at 10:30

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Yes, thanks Ozzie. A slip. I meant to say "capsule".
After working for some years at Woomera during the "rocket" days you'd think I would know better wouldn't you? lol
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