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Mars Sample Return Begins
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Today NASA announced initiation of the mission to return samples collected by the Perseverence rover to Earth.

When they say initation they mean they've packed some samples, the first of which was collected on September 1.

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BBC on Choosing Davies
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Radio Times reports that at a press event on October 11, Head of BBC Drama Piers Wenger had some things to say about selecting Russell T Davies to return as showrunner in 2023.

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Hitchhiker's Guide Tribute
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The European Southern Observatory released images of 42 of the largest asteroids in our solar system, on the 42nd anniversary of the publication of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Its numerical press release ID is 2114.

Also published on the same day was an associated article in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

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Strange New Worlds Wraps
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In a tweet, Anson Mount (Captain Pike) has announced an official production wrap on season one of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

After expressing gratitude towards cast, crew and fans, he expressed hope that audiences will be able to see it sometime in 2022.

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Super Same-Sex Kiss
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On an otherwise relatively uneventful day for sci-fi news, DC Comics have announced that on November 9, Superman will kiss another man.

Today is national Coming Out Day in the USA.

To be clear from the outset, this isn't Clark Kent. It's his son, Jon. Clark is offworld indefinitely and Jon is currently wearing the Superman outfit and serving in that role.

He will kiss another man. That's happening.

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Shatner Flight Change
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Blue Origin have rescheduled William Shatner's flight to Wednesday at 13:30 UTC / 23:30 AEST.

Due to forecasted winds in West Texas we are pushing #NS18 launch target to Wednesday, October 13. Liftoff is targeted for 8:30 am CDT / 13:30 UTC. Live broadcast begins at T-90 mins on http://BlueOrigin.com. Stay tuned for more details.

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Prodigy Preview and Cast
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Fresh from Star Trek: Prodigy's Comic Con panel come several interesting new pieces of information and another short preview clip.

I'm Kathryn Janeway, your training advisor. I'm a hologram based on one of the most decorated captains in Starfleet history, programmed to assist the Protostar's crew on their journey back to Federation space.

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Davies Under Fire
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Russell T Davies is presently under fire in the media over remarks he made about UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries and it is being associated with Doctor Who.

For example, DailyMail have published an article titled:

Dr Who writer Russell T Davies launches a foul mouthed rant at new Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries and calls her a 'big f*****g idiot' after BBC nepotism comments.

To begin with, this incident has involved no direct communication between Davies and Dorries.

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Galactic Attraction
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In the categories of things which can you make feel small and something cool you don't see every day, we have this image from NASA's Hubble Telescope of two galaxies interacting with the collective designation of Arp 91.

Astronomers believe that such interactions will eventually result in the formation of an elliptical galaxy over a period of hundreds of millions of years.

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Discovery Season 4 trailer
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Adding to our very long list of new trailers to have dropped recently is Star Trek: Discovery's season 4.

This season brings us Burnham in the captain's chair, facing down a five light-years wide spatial anomaly which threatens all life in the galaxy.

Sounds like a typical day for a Starfleet captain.

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