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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Remainder of the crippled Phobos-Grunt spacecraft is set to crash to Earth on Sunday following botched mission to Mars -

Remainder of the crippled Phobos-Grunt spacecraft is set to crash to Earth on Sunday following botched mission to Mars - 
The remainder of the crippled Phobos-Grunt spacecraft is set to crash to Earth on Sunday following its botched mission to Mars, space experts have said.



The minibus-sized Russian craft has been in a low orbit around Earth since losing contact with engineers shortly after its launch on November 8.
It had been intended to explore Phobos, one of Mars's two moons, but became stranded while still orbiting Earth and attempts to put it back on its original course failed.
Most of its mass is expected to burn up as the craft re-enters the atmosphere but 20 or 30 pieces of small debris collectively weighing about 200kg could reach Earth.
In a normal re-entry about 20 per cent of the space junk's mass would be likely to reach Earth, but in the case of Phobos-Grunt it could be even less because it contains large quantities of unused fuel which will burn or dissipate in the atmosphere.
In theory the remains could land anywhere south of Watford or north of the Falkland Islands, with a sea landing most likely due to the size of the oceans relative to the continents.


Read more -
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/9011026/Russian-spacecraft-to-crash-to-Earth-on-Sunday.html

Burglars Steal Sex Toys, Videos, Magazines From Porn Shop, Leave Cash Untouched... -

Burglars Steal Sex Toys, Videos, Magazines From Porn Shop, Leave Cash Untouched... - 






Pornographic toys, magazines and videos were stolen from a Linda sex shop, but the store’s owner is surprised by what wasn’t taken.


Kevin Couch owns Fantasy Factory across the street from a strip club, and Monday night someone broke into his adult store. But the culprits never touched the cash register.


“They just took the toys and left,” he said. “They didn’t take the money or anything so I was lost. The sheriff’s department was lost. When he saw all the stuff in here and he goes ‘that’s all they took?’ and I was like ‘yeah.’”


So Kevin thinks it was kids just trying to make a little mischief in forbidden territory.




“They see the adult store here, they can’t come in here they can’t purchase this stuff so they are bored and they break in and come in and take it at night when no one is here,” he said.


So far, there are no suspects, just a suspected age range: boys probably about 13 to 17 years old.


“If I was to do it I’d probably go for cash, not adult toys,” Linda resident Rodney Foster said. “I don’t really understand why somebody would take that, that’s kind of gross and weird.”


Read more -
http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2012/01/11/yuba-county-sex-shop-broken-into-cash-untouched/