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Two Japanese tourists return to Earth after spending 12 days on the ISS

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Moscow (AFP) – A Japanese billionaire returned to Earth on Monday accompanied by his assistant and a Russian cosmonaut after spending 12 days on the International Space Station, where they filmed videos of daily life in space.

Fashion mogul Yusaku Maezawa, 46, and his assistant Yozo Hirano landed on the Kazakh steppe on Monday morning, along with Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, the Russian space agency reported.

“The flight of the Soyuz MS-20 ‘tourist’ spacecraft has been completed,” the Roscosmos agency said in a statement on its website.

Images relayed from the landing site, about 150 kilometers southeast of the city of Zhezkazgan, in central Kazakhstan, showed the smiling trio after being helped out of the Soyuz lander and into evacuation vehicles in the cold and the mist.

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According to the central military district press service, they were greeted upon arrival with a “surprise” plate of noodles from Japan.

This trip has marked Russia’s return to space tourism after a decade-long hiatus. This sector, in which it has lost ground to private US companies, including the billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX, is experiencing a large increase in interest and is a source of financial income.

For his part, Maezawa’s assistant filmed videos about daily life in orbit to post on his employer’s YouTube account.
An image of Japanese millionaire Yusaku Maezawa from the Russian Soyuz MS-20 landing site in Kazakhstan, on a screen at the Korolyov space control center near Moscow on December 20, 2021
An image of Japanese millionaire Yusaku Maezawa from the Russian Soyuz MS-20 landing site in Kazakhstan, on a screen at the Korolyov space control center near Moscow on December 20, 2021 Alexander Nemenov AFP

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The man can be seen explaining in detail to his million followers how to brush their teeth or even go to the bathroom in zero gravity.

“Peeing is very easy,” he says in one of the videos, showing the device used by astronauts, which sucks urine. In another, brewing unsweetened tea and praising the flavor of the ISS cookies.

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Maezawa and his henchman are the first Japanese tourists to travel into space since 1990, when a journalist was aboard the Soviet Mir station.

This very lucrative sector of private space flights is currently being energized by the recent entry into the career of the companies of the American billionaires Elon Musk (SpaceX) and Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin), or that of the British Richard Branson (Virgin Galactic).

In September, SpaceX staged a three-day orbital flight with an all-amateur crew. In addition, it plans to take several tourists to go around the Moon in 2023, including Maezawa, who finances this operation.
An image of the Russian Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft shortly after separating from the International Space Station to begin its return to Earth, on a screen at the Korolyov space control center near Moscow on December 20, 2021.
An image of the Russian Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft shortly after separating from the International Space Station to begin its return to Earth, on a screen at the Korolyov space control center near Moscow on December 20, 2021. Alexander Nemenov AFP

The trip that ended on Monday marks the return, after more than a decade, of Roscosmos to the ring, as the Russian aerospace industry is plagued by corruption scandals and both technical and financial difficulties.

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In 2020, with the commissioning of SpaceX rockets and capsules, Moscow lost its monopoly on flights to the ISS and the tens of millions of dollars that NASA and other space agencies paid for each seat aboard Soyuz.

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The mission of these two Japanese tourists was organized by Roscosmos together with its American partner Space Adventures.

Between 2001 and 2009, in collaboration, these groups had already sent extremely wealthy entrepreneurs into space eight times.

The last had been, in 2009, the Canadian Guy Laliberté, founder of the popular ‘Cirque du Soleil’.

A sign of the ambitions regained by the Russian space sector, Roscosmos also sent a director and an actress aboard the ISS last October to shoot the first fictional film in orbit in history, before a similar project is realized. of Hollywood star Tom Cruise

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Gas Explosion kills man while he was preparing food (Photos)

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A Gas Explosion has killed a man at Ayimensah in the Greater Accra Region.

This sad incident happened this morning, Tuesday November 29, 2022.

Mr. Daniel, an agent was killed by the gas explosion this morning while preparing his breakfast.

The cylinder exploded and caught him in the fire.

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He was rushed to the hospital after the unfortunate incident but he passed away hours later.

The body has been kept at the morgue for autopsy and preservation.

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Native doctor shoots his client dead while testing bulletproof charm in Enugu

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Operatives of the Enugu State Police Command have arrested a 23-year-old native doctor, Odoh Emmanuel, for accidentally killing his client while testing a bulletproof charm he prepared for him.

Odoh shot the deceased, identified as Onunze Benedict, with a locally-fabricated single-barreled gun in his shrine while testing the potency of the charm he made for him.

According to the Command’s Spokesperson, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, who disclosed the incident in a statement released on Tuesday, November 29, the killing occurred in Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of the state.

The statement reads,

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“On 16/11/2022 at about 11.pm, police operatives serving in Isi-Uzo Police Division of the Command, arrested Odoh Emmanuel (male and a native doctor) aged 23, of Umuaram Village in Ikem community of Isi-Uzo LGA, for shooting and murdering his adult male client, one Onunze Benedict, of Eha-Amufu community in the same LGA.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect confessed to having used a locally-fabricated single-barreled gun to shoot and murder the said victim in his shrine at the mentioned location, while testing the gunshot protection charm he had prepared for him

“The gun has been recovered, while further investigation is ongoing at the Homicide Section of the State CID Enugu.”

The suspect will be charged to court once the police conclude their investigation.

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Ogun: Yahoo-boy kills girlfriend for refusing to remit fraud proceeds

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A 27-year-old suspected internet fraudster, otherwise known as Yahoo boy, Obeta John, has allegedly killed his girlfriend, Idowu Buhari over claims that she refused to remit to him, a proceed of fraud paid into the girl’s account by a victim.

The victim, an HND 1 student of Mass Communication, Gateway Polytechnic Saapade, Ogun State, was reportedly beaten to death by the suspect.

Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Ogun State police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspect, was arrested Tuesday following a distress call received at the Ode-Remo divisional headquarters.

The police were informed that the suspect, a resident at 3, Mojubade Compound, Eredu Ishara, locked his door and started beating the girl, hitting her head against the wall.

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Efforts by neighbours to persuade him to open the door did not succeed, DAILY POST learnt.

Acting on the distress call, Oyeyemi said the DPO of Ode-Remo division, CSP Fasogbon Olayemi, had quickly led his officers to the scene, “where they met the victim in the pool of her blood after forcing the door open.”

The police rushed the victim to the State Hospital, Ishara, where she was pronounced dead by the doctor on duty.

The suspect said to be an indigene of Enugu State, is presently in police custody.

“On interrogation, the suspect informed the police that he is an internet fraudster and that a certain amount of money from one of his clients was paid into the account of his deceased girlfriend which she refused to relinquish to him,” Oyeyemi explained.

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He quoted the suspect as saying that the fight over the said money had eventually led to the death of the girl.

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Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Lanre Bankole, has ordered the transfer of the suspect to the State CIID for further investigation and prosecution by the homicide team.

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