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China Loses Satellite
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A recent flash in the night sky in New South Wales is believed to have been China's Shiyan-10 satellite. According to Space.com executing an expected upper rocket burn.

 A new object was catalogued in orbit and was likely this satellite but China have since declared it lost.

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Virgin Galactic Clear to Fly
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Space.com reports that Virgin Galactic has been cleared to fly again by the US Federal Aviation Administration who grounded them pending an investigation into their July 11 crewed test flight.

Details of anomalies during that flight and previous claims by their flight test director of a disregard for safety were detailed in a New Yorker article.

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Skittles in Space
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Skittles are running a sweepstakes - not open to Australians - with the prize being a Zero G flight. Not quite a space trip but nearly.

Once upon a time the only road into space was to be born in one of the few countries with a space program, train as an astronaut and then beat out all your fierce competition for a spot in a mission.

Now you can almost get there with a bag of candy and luck.

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Another Life Reunion
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Entertainment Weekly reports a reunion of Battlestar Galactica cast in the second season of Another Life.

Katee Sackhoff who plays main character Niko Breckinridge will be joined by Rekha Sharma and Kate Vernon.

Both playing mothers. Sharma of an AI and Vernon of Sakhoff's character.

Season 2 will release on October 14 on Netflix.

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Imaging a Black Hole
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The Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory continues its New Vistas in Astronomy lecture series available on YouTube, with Imaging a Black Hole:

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Apple's Race to the Stars
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Variety has published an interesting analysis comparing Apple+ and its original content to other streaming services.

In brief, they're lagging behind. By self-reported measures other streaming services are typically performing about two to three times, and Netflix five times as strongly as Apple.

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Starfield's Plentiful Dialog
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A twitterer has reported Todd Howard via the Tokyo Game Show revealing the number of lines of dialog in their upcoming RPG Starfield - 150,000. For comparison Skyrim had 60,000 and Fallout 4 almost double that with 111,000.

But is more, surprising or impactful?

Making numbers go up is the backbone of many games, including Todd's. It seems only fair that he need to do the same.

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Coldplay's My Universe
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Coldplay and BTS released the video to accompany My Universe on YouTube.

At the 18 hour mark they have over 15.3 million views.

It's a cool little video with great special effects, a short sci-fi narrative and a nice tune.

Possibly another in a long list of signs of the growing popularity of sci-fi content.

Have there been other sci-fi music videos? Sure. But they're relatively rare and typically not space operatic.

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Graham Norton Sci-Fi Fest
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Well not quite, but they've announced that their October 15 (UK) sofa guests will include Doctor Who's Jodie Whittaker and Dune's Timothee Chalamet (Paul Atreides).

Two leads from major sci-fi properties might be worth tuning in for. If you weren't going to anyway.

That'll be season 29, episode 4 and Nine's website says we'll be getting season 29 episode 1 on October 6. So maybe expect to see this episode here towards the end of October.

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Discovery on Free to Air
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TV Tonight reports that Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 will air on 10 Bold in October, Sunday 9:25 pm.

It's likely that most sci-fi fans have managed to see it already but if you haven't, here's your chance.

You can also still watch it on Netflix where Season 4 will release in mid November.

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