Japanese Probe Collects First Sample from Asteroid SurfaceThe Japanese are bringing back samples from an asteroid, while a former Canadian Minister of Defence worries about the possibilites for intergalactic war. Personally, I think such an intergalactic "war" would be pretty one-sided. The aliens would blast Tokyo, Beijing, Paris and New York with their lasers, and the BBC would warn against racism and alienophobia, and recommend more welfare payments as a cure. Besides, the attacks took place because of years of human oppression and injustice against the planet Hdraka:
Japanese Probe Collects First Sample from Asteroid Surface
A Japanese spacecraft apparently succeeded in landing on an asteroid and collecting surface samples Saturday, part of an unprecedented mission to bring the material back to Earth, Japan's space agency said. The Hayabusa probe touched down for only a few seconds on the faraway asteroid _ long enough to collect powder from its surface _ and lifted off again to transmit data to mission controllers, said Kiyotaka Yashiro, a spokesman for JAXA, Japan's space agency. JAXA won't know if Hayabusa actually collected surface samples until it returns to Earth. It is expected to touch down in the Australian Outback in June 2007.
Former Canadian Minister Of Defence Asks Canadian Parliament Asked To Hold Hearings On Relations With Alien "Et" Civilizations
A former Canadian Minister of Defence and Deputy Prime Minister under Pierre Trudeau has joined forces with three Non-governmental organizations to ask the Parliament of Canada to hold public hearings on Exopolitics -- relations with “ETs.” By “ETs,” Mr. Hellyer and these organizations mean ethical, advanced extraterrestrial civilizations that may now be visiting Earth. Mr. Hellyer went on to say, "I'm so concerned about what the consequences might be of starting an intergalactic war, that I just think I had to say something."