A Large Object Landed on His Sheep Farm. It Came From Space.

Mick Miners was herding sheep on a four-wheeler last week when he stumbled upon a pointy black object that looked more than nine feet tall. It reminded him of either a burned tree or a piece of farm machinery.

“Pretty frightening, actually,” Mr. Miners, 48, said by phone on Thursday from his roughly 5,000-acre property in a remote corner of southeastern Australia.

“I was quite surprised,” he added. “It’s not something you see every day on a sheep farm.”

Mr. Miners took a picture and sent it to a neighboring farmer, Jock Wallace, who happened to have discovered a similarly mysterious object on his farm a few days earlier.

It was space debris.

The U.S. space agency, NASA, said in a statement that SpaceX confirmed that the object was likely the remaining part of the jettisoned trunk segment from a Dragon spacecraft used during the Crew-1 mission’s return from the International Space Station in May last year. “If you believe you have identified a piece of debris, please do not attempt to handle or retrieve the debris,” NASA said.

Space debris refers to equipment in space that no longer works. Most space debris burns up while re-entering the atmosphere, and much of what’s left over often falls in the ocean. However, with more spaceships entering orbit — such as those from private companies like SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk — impacts on land may happen more frequently. SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment.

Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., said that it’s not unusual for space debris to be found on land after an uncontrolled re-entry.

“It was a bit surprising to me that so much of the trunk survived the heating process of re-entry,” Dr. McDowell said, but he added that there was no indication that there was anything particularly risky about the trunk. He said that in the new commercial era for space exploration, it has been much harder to get technical information from private companies to assess risk. With more information, “we could have a better assessment of, ‘Did we just get really unlucky, or should we expect this from all the trunk re-entries if they happen over land?’”

The trunk segment, which is used to carry cargo and also includes the spacecraft’s solar arrays and radiators, is jettisoned from the body of the capsule shortly after the burn is completed when it goes out of orbit. “It typically burns up in the atmosphere over the open ocean, posing minimal risk to public safety,” the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

Last week, after debris from a large Chinese rocket re-entered Earth’s atmosphere over the Indian Ocean, the administrator of NASA, Bill Nelson, issued a rebuke, saying that China “did not share specific trajectory information as their Long March 5B rocket fell back to Earth.” He added that all countries should “share this type of information in advance to allow reliable predictions of potential debris impact risk, especially for heavy-lift vehicles, like the Long March 5B, which carry a significant risk of loss of life and property.”

The possibility that debris from the rocket could have struck a populated area led people around the world to track its trajectory for days. This was the third flight of Long March 5B, China’s largest rocket, which made what is called “uncontrolled re-entry” back to Earth.

Last year, a malfunction caused a SpaceX rocket stage to complete an uncontrolled re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere near Seattle in what looked like bright objects lighting up the night’s sky. Pieces of the burning rocket debris landed on a farmer’s property in Washington State. The debris had re-entered the atmosphere after 22 days in orbit.

The rural area of Australia where Mr. Miners discovered the space debris on July 25 lies about 100 miles south of the capital, Canberra.

Ron Lane, who owns a restaurant in the town of Dalgety, said that most people in the area — with the notable exception of himself — were not especially worried about additional space debris potentially landing on them or their homes.

“If there’s three we know about, there could be another 10 we don’t know about,” Mr. Lane said by phone from his restaurant, Tuscany In Dalgety.

Mr. Miners, who was born on the farm where he discovered the unidentified debris, said that his neighbor, Mr. Wallace, had called the authorities to report the other debris that he had found on his own property earlier in July. Public interest grew, Mr. Miners said, after Mr. Wallace called the Australian national broadcaster, which later reported on the farmers’ discoveries and said that three pieces of debris had been found.

“Then everybody found out, and I’ve had about 300 calls,” said Mr. Miners, who has about 5,500 sheep, 100 cattle and 30 horses on his farm in the district of Numbla Vale.

His own piece of debris is almost 10 feet tall by 1.3 feet, he said, and an official from the Australian Space Agency called on Thursday to say that its experts planned to visit his property next week to “have a look at it.”

Mr. Miners said he had so far enjoyed learning the preliminary details about how the debris had landed and that he was not sure what would happen next.

He said he would be “happy to keep it” but was also interested in “a bit of compensation,” if the space agencies or company wanted it back.

Sa’id Mosteshar, a professor of international space law and the director of the London Institute of Space Policy and Law, said that a person would be able to claim compensation only if the debris harmed him or her or caused any damage to his or her property.

“My guess is they’ll want it back,” Mr. Miner added. “I don’t know. I don’t know anything about it. As I said, I’m a sheep farmer.”

Woman Drowns Trying to Save Husband

Diana Shamash, 80, leapt into the water fully clothed to try to help her 82-year-old property tycoon husband David at the couple’s holiday home in the south of France.

Their neighbors who were meant to be coming to ahve dinner with the “lovely” English couple contacted authorities.

When no-one answered the door, they entered the property to discover the bodies of couple, who are in their eighties, floating in the pool.

A senior investigating source reported the house near the picturesque market town of Gignac is secluded so nobody would have been able to hear their cries for help.

“What we do now know is that Mrs. Shamash was fully clothed, and wearing her shoes, when she jumped into the pool to save her husband after he suffered a suspected heart attack,” they said.

“She undoubtedly found it very difficult to float in these circumstances and sank in the water.”

The sourced said foul play appears not to be the case and one line of inquiry is whether the pool was heated as a cold water is a notorious killer in hot weather. 

Mr. Shamash was the owner of several real estate businesses was worth over 7million.

The Oxford graduate ran his property empire along with his 56-year-old son Anthony.

The couple also owned a sprawling country farmhouse in the village of South Fawley, Berkshire, and an apartment above the official Tintin shop in Covent Garden, central London.

The couple’s daughter Nicola, 58, lived down the road from them in South Fawley.

Their heartbroken children flew out to France to identify their parents’ bodies this week.

They visited their holiday home three or four times a year for three-week breaks and were due to return home on Monday.

“It is just a tragedy. They loved France, they wanted to spend as much time as possible there,” said a friend in South Fawley.

Another added: “You wouldn’t meet a more dedicated couple, honestly. They were devoted to each other, such a lovely couple.”

Pool where bodies were found

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20-Year-Old Dies Trying to Unclog Recycling Machine

A 20-year-old worker was trying to clear a cardboard jam in an industrial baler when he fell into the machine, officials say.

The man became caught in the cardboard baler and “suffered severe amputation injuries” on Feb. 7, then died of his injuries at the hospital the next day, according to an Aug. 4 news release.

Now months later, Mid-Nebraska Disposal Inc. faces $337,903 in penalties after a U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection. The inspection was spurred by the worker’s death.

“A 20-year-old’s life was cut short needlessly,” OSHA Area Director Matt Thurlby said in the news release. “He was on the job for just nine months.”

OSHA says Mid-Nebraska Disposal, based in Grand Island, did not follow federal regulations created to prevent worker tragedies. Specifically, officials allege the company “failed to ensure energy sources were locked out, which would have kept the machine’s operating parts from moving while the worker cleared the jam.”

Mid-Nebraska Disposal did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Aug. 5.

Mid-Nebraska Disposal was cited for 18 violations involving machine safety, space requirements, training and fall hazards, according to the news release. The company also was placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

The central Nebraska recycling company has 15 business days from when it learns of the citations to either comply, request a meeting with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings.

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Horrific Video Shows Rollercoaster Stuck Vertically 160ft in the Air

As a scorching heatwave saw temperatures soar in Spain this week, a number of poor souls were left trapped vertically at the top of a rollercoaster in the country’s capital. You can watch a clip of the moment below:

The horrifying video shows the tortuous moment guests at the Madrid theme park remained stranded after the ride malfunctioned.

According to Spanish News Today, the incident unfolded last night (4 August) at around 9.00pm after a group of 10 visitors took to the ‘Abismo’ ride at the city’s Parque de Atracciones.

Described as one of the most ‘spectacular’ rollercoasters in the world, Abismo sends thrill-seekers plummeting backwards from a 160ft height, reaching speeds of 105km per hour.

But after suffering a ‘technical fault’, the ride stopped dead in its tracks from the vertical drop, leaving guests suspended at the top while facing up to the sky.

And just to make matters worse, temperatures in Madrid reached 98.6 degrees yesterday – you can only imagine how difficult it must have been trying to stay calm in those circumstances.

The passengers remained in the awkward position for more than an hour as the theme park, which shuts at 10:00 pm, closed around them.

Eventually the issue was resolved, and they were safely evacuated from the ride.

Thankfully there were no injuries as a result of the incident, although no doubt the group have been left shaken by the terrifying experience.

Local reports state that Parque de Atracciones opened as normal today at 12:00 pm.

The park’s website says Abismo offers a ‘great adrenaline rush’, adding: “This ride will make you feel incredible sensations along its route.

“Along the way, Abismo will trace shapes in the air such as corkscrews, rises or inversions, which you’ll experience from within.

“The greatest impact will be at the end of the route, because you’ll ascend to the rollercoaster tower, but this time you’ll fall backwards.”

similar incident unfolded at Alton Towers in the UK last month as theme park revelers wound up stuck in intense heat on the rollercoaster Oblivion. 

The ride itself suspends passengers in mid-air just before a 180ft drop into an underground tunnel

But those who took to the attraction in Staffordshire on 19 July – when temperatures reached 104 degrees in the country – were left up in the air longer than they expected when it malfunctioned.

Water was handed out among the poor guests, but since the ride couldn’t be started up again they had to be evacuated from the top.

Thankfully they were safely returned to the ground and no one was harmed.

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Actor Dies After Falling from 14th Floor of a Building

The Peruvian film and TV industry have been mourning the loss of actor Diego Bertie. In a tragic incident, the 54 year old actor died after falling from the 14th floor of a building in Miraflores, Peru, on Friday.

Bertie was rushed to a nearby hospital but passed away minutes later. The investigation around the accident is still going on. Read on to know details of the life and career of the actor.

Bertie worked in theatre, television as well as films. The British-Italian descent actor was born on November 2, 1967. He studied at Markham College in Lima, Peru.

Diego made his acting debut with theatre and starred in the Spanish play Annie. The actor then appeared in a number of Telenovelas including, El Hombre Que Debe Morir, Amantes De Luna Llena, Cazando A Un Millonario, Vale todo, Yuru, la princesa amazónica, Amas de Casa Desesperadas, Los exitosos Gomes and De vuelta al barrio .

His film works include Ultra Warrior, Full Fathom Five, Reportaje a la muerte, Muerto De Amor, El Bien Esquivo, Los Andes No Creen en Dios, Desierto Infernal, Batallas En Silencio, Esto huele mal and Qué difícil es amar.

Apart from acting, Diego had also forayed into singing in the mid-eighties and was a part of a pop group called Imágenes. Recently he had announced his return to the stage as a singer. In an interview about his return, he had talked about the fragility of life.

“I wouldn’t be doing some things if that (the pandemic) hadn’t happened. It pushed me to reconnect with my past, with my childhood, to say what things I have left halfway and I don’t want to leave halfway. Life is so fragile, you don’t know what will happen tomorrow, everything is changing every day. That’s where my return to music came from,” said the actor.

Diego fell from the 14th floor of his apartment building in Miraflores around 4:00 am on Friday. Emergency services were called by the doorman, and paramedics and firefighters reached the spot. Diego was found in his garage with multiple fractures to his legs and back.

He was taken to the José Casimiro Ulloa Emergency Hospital, where he died at 4:28 am. Following the news of his death, Miraflores police have started investigating the case. National Police are also reported to have arrived at the spot and are gathering details of the accident.

Peru’s Ministry of Culture has released a statement expressing their grief over the unfortunate demise of the actor. The statement read, “We deeply regret the death of actor and singer Diego Bertie, recognized for his work in film, television, and theater. From the Ministry of Culture we express our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”

Bertie’s manager, Carlos Sánchez, expressed shock over his death and said, “The director of the hospital has already confirmed his death. I am in total shock because Diego is a noble, beautiful soul and a wonderful artist. I have had to share a beautiful time with him, which is his return to music. I’m in shock, I don’t know what else to say. I want to talk to his family, no one answers the phone.”

Our heartfelt condolences to the actor’s family and friends. Stay tuned for more news and updates.

Neighbor Arrested in Connection to Deadly Nebraska House Fires

Police have arrested a ‘community member’ after four bodies were found in two burning homes in a small Nebraska town.

Jason A Jones, 42, was taken into custody at 2:30 am on Friday in connection with the deaths and fires in Laurel on Thursday morning, according to Nebraska State Patrol.

Police found ‘physical evidence at the crime scene that pointed to a suspect that lived across the street’, said state patrol Col John Bolduc.

After repeated attempts to get Jones to exit voluntarily, a SWAT team entered Jones’ home on Thursday night. They found him with ‘serious burns over a large part of his body’, Bolduc said.

Jones was airlifted to a St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Lincoln. He is believed to be in serious condition.

Jones was arrested on probable cause for homicide. He has not yet been booked due to his hospitalization.

The victims have been identified as Gene Twiford, 85, Janet Twiford, 86, Dana Twiford, 55, and Michelle Ebeling, 53.

All four victims were found dead with suspected gunshot wounds.

Bolduc praised the ‘heroic efforts’ of the Laurel Fire Department, which had to adjust their tactics to fight the fire without contaminating evidence and preserving the crime scene.

‘Their efforts preserved the evidence that lead us directly to the suspect,’ Bolduc said.

Police in Laurel originally responded to an ‘explosion’ at a house at 209 Elm Street early on Thursday morning. While they were investigating, they received another call about a fire only three blocks away at 503 Elm Street. Jones was their neighbor, living at 206 Elm Street.

Laurel is a small community of just about 1,000 people in about 100 miles north of Omaha.

Bolduc also emphasized the difficult circumstances of the crime.

‘I want to acknowledge indescribable grief that this community is experiencing right now,’ he said. ‘That’s going to be compounded by the betrayal of trust that they’re going to feel because a community member here is alleged to have committed these crimes.’

Bolduc could not say whether any more arrests would be made related to the fires or deaths. However, he did state that ‘there is no more danger to the Laurel community or northeast Nebraska as a result of this arrest’.

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