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Asteroid 2018 VP₁ May Be Heading for Earth, But There’s No Need to Worry – Gizmodo Australia

Social media around the world lit up over the weekend, discussing the possibility that an asteroid (known as 2018 VP₁) could crash into Earth on November 2. It seemed only fitting. What better way to round off a year that has seen catastrophic floods, explosi…

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Coronavirus live news: cases surge in Europe; Melbourne delays easing of restrictions – The Guardian

France, Italy, Austria and Greece report record increases in Covid-19 cases; Melbourne cluster grows. Follow the latest updates live

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France, Italy, Austria and Greece report record increases in Covid-19 cases; Melbourne cluster grows. Follow the latest updates live

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Industry Minister Karen Andrews says vaccine still at least nine months away – NEWS.com.au

Industry Minister Karen Andrews says vaccine still at least nine months away

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Industry Minister Karen Andrews believes the rollout of a potential coronavirus vaccine would be at least nine months away, if alternate vaccine trials need to be undertaken. Speaking on ABC political show Insiders, the Liberal MP said it would probably be nine to 12 months before the drug could be approved, manufactured and rolled out.
Ms Andrews said the CSIRO and leading medical company CSL were equipped to manufacture a protein-based vaccine straightaway, however a non-protein drug would take…

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Asteroid samples escaping from jammed NASA spacecraft – Sydney Morning Herald

The sample container on the end of the robot arm penetrated so deeply into the asteroid and with such force that rocks became wedged around the rim of the lid.

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We’re almost a victim of our own success here, Lauretta said at a hastily arranged news conference.
Lauretta said there is nothing flight controllers can do to clear the obstructions and prevent more bits of Bennu from escaping, other than to get the samples into their return capsule as soon as possible.
The asteroid Bennu from the OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft. Credit:AP
So, the flight team was scrambling to put the sample container into the capsule as early as Tuesday much sooner than originally planned…

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