Stuart Highway to be closed temporarily

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 06, 2010 at 13:22
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From the ABC News Online -

A 60-kilometre section of the Stuart Highway in South Australia will be closed for two hours next Sunday night to allow for the landing of an unmanned Japanese spacecraft.

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency is due to conduct the re-entry of the Hayabusa spacecraft in the Woomera Prohibited Area between 10:00pm and midnight (local time).

The highway will be closed between Cooper Pedy and Glendambo.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/06/2919443.htm?section=justin
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Sunday, Jun 06, 2010 at 13:39

Sunday, Jun 06, 2010 at 13:39
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Follow Up By: AnneMarie - Sunday, Jun 06, 2010 at 14:30

Sunday, Jun 06, 2010 at 14:30
LOL!! Doubt it! ;)
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Jun 06, 2010 at 15:41

Sunday, Jun 06, 2010 at 15:41
Hi AnneMarie
There is an emergency RFDS landing strip on the highway, north of Glendambo. The Natmap series has it on there.


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Follow Up By: Member - Tricky Dicky (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 08, 2010 at 21:52

Tuesday, Jun 08, 2010 at 21:52
Hi Stephen
we passed that section of road yesterday, there is what looks like a pedestrian crossing at each end of it, it took me a little while to realise what it was for
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Sunday, Jun 06, 2010 at 16:36

Sunday, Jun 06, 2010 at 16:36
Yes quite fascinating.
There was an article in the Adelaide Sunday Mail this morning.

Actually, it's not the spacecraft itself that is landing, but the 17kg saucer shaped probe, or capsule attached to it that has hopefully collected a quantity of primordial matter during its 7 year 4 billion kilometre journey through space.
The probe will be brought to Earth by parachute after re-entering the atmosphere, while the 510kg "large refrigerator sized" spacecraft will be left to burn up as space junk.


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