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On 19/09/2021 at 00:28, welshbairn said:

The number of things that could go wrong landing back on Earth always makes me nervous watching these things. Slowing down from 17,000 mph by heating up the capsule to 3500 degrees using the atmosphere, and then relying on electricity, explosives, string and cloth to slow it down enough not to kill the occupants when it hits the water.

 

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On 19/09/2021 at 00:28, welshbairn said:

The number of things that could go wrong landing back on Earth always makes me nervous watching these things. Slowing down from 17,000 mph by heating up the capsule to 3500 degrees using the atmosphere, and then relying on electricity, explosives, string and cloth to slow it down enough not to kill the occupants when it hits the water.

It's even more impressive when you think it looked as if they used Tunnock's tea cake wrappers as parachutes.

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We have a winner.  Well done Curmudgeon - it is Mercury, for pretty much the reason you have given.  

Mercury is closest to Earth for 46% of the time, Venus is second with 36%, then it's Hull City, then Mars.

If anyone is super interested, there's a handy Youtube video that explains it here.

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On 18/09/2021 at 23:28, welshbairn said:

The tourists in space are about to splash back down on Earth.

 

 

 

If I was spending millions on a wee jaunt to space I'd be wanting more than some Tunnock's Teacakes to slow my descent back to earth.

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On 29/09/2021 at 21:51, Curmudgeon said:

Is it Uranus?

 

Of course not. Mercury seems the likely answer. Once you factor in its smaller orbit it's probably less far away most of the time if that makes sense.

And because it's zooming around the Sun so fast it's at its closest more frequently. 

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48 minutes ago, welshbairn said:

And because it's zooming around the Sun so fast it's at its closet more frequently. 

Zooming at that speed must mean the day gets chased away very quickly.

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