Japan Space Capsule Carrying Asteroid Dirt Lands in Australia

Portugal May Allow Travel Between Municipalities Over Christmas

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Portugal may allow movement between municipalities during the long Christmas weekend, even as it tries to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The government will decide on Dec. 18 whether to forgo travel restrictions during the Dec. 23-26 period, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said at a press conference on Saturday. Movement between municipalities was limited during the last two long weekends.

There will be curbs over the New Year weekend, when public parties will also be barred, Costa said. Other restrictions will generally remain in place through Jan. 7, including a limit on movement in public spaces from 1 p.m. on weekends in municipalities reporting a higher number of new infections.

Costa has said he wants to try to contain the pandemic while avoiding the tougher confinement measures adopted in March and April, when schools were shut.

  • Portugal on Saturday reported 6,087 new confirmed coronavirus cases in a day, less than the daily record of 6,994 reported on Nov. 19.
  • The number of patients in intensive-care units fell by nine to 517. The country’s national health service has a capacity of about 960 intensive-care beds, Health Minister Marta Temido said on Nov. 18.

Formula One: Valtteri Bottas on pole with George Russell alongside at Sakhir

MANAMA (REUTERS) – Valtteri Bottas put Mercedes on pole position for the Sakhir Grand Prix on Saturday (Dec 5) with team mate George Russell, standing in for the absent Lewis Hamilton, securing the front-row lockout.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualified third for Sunday’s floodlit Formula One race with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc a surprising fourth.

Hamilton has already won the title, his record-equalling seventh, but the Briton is isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.

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Philip Lee Harvey ’s most memorable photos are included in The Perfect Shot. The first is the image of a girl going past Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. “The beauty of this place is how inclusive it is. Locals and visitors alike gather here to worship, meet and play. Favorite images change all the time, and I think that’s only natural. During lockdown I find myself thinking a lot about being on assignment and remembering those chance encounters.

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Popular African Island Opens its Tourism

COVID-19 has caused irreparable damage to tourism on the island, and with only four active cases currently, they are being cautiously optimistic about allowing travellers back into their world. Where better to social distance than a beach on a remote island? Ten African countries have been permitted to reenter the country from October 19 2020. In their latest updated Visitors Travel Advisory, authorities said travellers from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi Niger, Burundi, Ghana, Rwanda, Botswana, Cote D’Ivoire, Kenya and Zambia can now enter Seychelles.

Amoako Boafo Sets New Auction Records at a Christie’s Hybrid Sale

Christie’s hybrid “20th Century: Hong Kong to New York” sale closed this week, achieving $119.2 million in total sales, with a sell-through rate of 90 percent by lot. The sale saw a number of new auction records for artists including Amoako Boafo, Dana Schutz, Nicolas Party, Joyce Pensato, and Shara Hughes. Boafo, whose painting The Lemon Bathing Suit (2019) made waves earlier this year when it sold at Phillips for $880,971, broke the $1 million mark with his 2019 canvas Baba Diop, which sold for US$1.1 million, beating its low estimate by roughly a factor of ten.

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Japan Space Capsule Carrying Asteroid Dirt Lands in Australia

A Japanese space capsule carrying samples from a distant asteroid landed in a blaze of light in the desert of South Australia, ending a six-year mission.

Early on Sunday, the capsule briefly turned into a fireball as it re-entered the atmosphere, before a parachute opened to slow its fall about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) above ground. The day before, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft released the small capsule and sent it toward Earth to deliver the samples that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said.

The capsule waslater located by helicopter in Woomera, an outback weapons testing area, the agency said in a tweet. Officials hope to retrieve the capsule by Sunday evening before a preliminary safety inspection at an Australian laboratory.

Launched from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center in 2014, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft took four years to reachthe asteroid Ryugu. The craft spent more than a year on the asteroid, where it picked up about a gram of space dirt.