Hayabusa mission: Japanese space probe attempts to ‘bomb’ asteroid

(CNN)Japan’s space agency has attempted to detonate an explosive charge on an asteroid some 195 million miles from Earth, in hopes of creating a crater and collecting samples to shed light on the origin of the solar system. As the probe maneuvered to its evacuation position it deployed a small camera, called DCAM3, which scientists hope was able to capture the moment of detonation on the asteroid’s surface from a distance of about 1 km (0.6 miles). Ryugu, which is just under 3,000 ft (914 metres) wide, is currently 195 million miles from Earth. The probe has remained in orbit for months, and this is the second sample-collection mission it has undertaken. In February it successfully fired a “bullet” into …

Suspected Bangladesh plane hijacker shot dead

(CNN)Bangladeshi commandos have stormed a passenger plane and shot dead a man who allegedly tried to hijack it, authorities said. Authorities have not given a motive for the suspected hijacking. Local media reported that the suspect was armed and had demanded to speak with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

At least 59 people killed as fire rips through building in Dhaka

(CNN)At least 59 people have been killed after a fire tore through a residential building in a historic part of the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, the latest such deadly blaze in the south Asian nation. A tragic history of fires Bangladesh has a history of fatal building fires, especially in factories where safety and structural standards have long been found to be inadequate. Thirteen people were found guilty of gross negligence of safety measures and charged with “culpable homicide” after a November 2012 apparel factory fire on Dhaka’s outskirts that killed at least 117 people and spurred others to jump from the building to escape the flames. In 2015, 13 died in a fire inside a plastic factory near the in …

Thailand election 2019: Princess disqualified from prime minister bid

(CNN)Officials have disqualified a Thai princess from running for prime minister in next month’s general election after her brother, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, said her nomination would be “inappropriate.” Thai law stipulates that once a name is submitted, it cannot be withdrawn — though the Electoral Commission has the power to decide the legitimacy of candidates. The March 24 election is widely considered to be a vote between a form of democracy and legitimized authoritarian rule, following a military coup in 2014. Coup leader turned Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha announced his own candidacy Friday. The commission revealed on Monday that Prayut was among 45 candidates it said was eligible to contest the vote Ubolratana gave up her royal status when she …