Link Tank: Hayabusa2 Lands on Asteroid Ryugu

Hayabusa2, Laura Ingraham, SpaceX, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Hayabusa2 Lands on Asteroid Ryugu

NASA has confirmed the launch time for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon.

“SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is nearly ready for liftoff. NASA announced on Wednesday that it has fixed a time for the first test launch of the human-carrying capsule developed by Elon Musk’s firm. These tests will mark the first time a capsule created for human spaceflight by an American private company will visit the International Space Station.”

Read more at Inverse.

Laura Ingraham has defended a racist John Wayne interview from 1971.

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“Earlier this week, an extremely racist and homophobic excerpt from a 1971 Playboy interview with John Wayne went viral. For some, this was the first they’d heard about what an incredible POS Wayne was. For others, it was an unnecessary reminder. Either way, we could all agree: John Wayne was terrible.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

The Japanese Hayabusa2 spacecraft has landed on the asteroid Ryugu.

“The Japanese Hayabusa2 spacecraft has completed one of its most exciting challenges yet: On Thursday evening, it touched down on the asteroid Ryugu, fired a tantalum bullet into the rocky surface, and ascended back into orbit around the tiny world, according to updates from the mission’s English-language Twitter account.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

Here are 19 people who won Oscars for their first movie. 

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“For any aspiring filmmaker—be it an actor, writer, director, or beyond—getting one’s first big break is the key to finding success in Hollywood. For a very select few, that first gig has led to critical acclaim, and an Oscar. Here are 19 of the lucky ones.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Facebook is shutting down the Onavo VPN.

“Facebook continues to be in damage control mode due to a number of high-profile privacy gaffs recently. The Cambridge Analytica debacle was followed by the revelation Facebook had been paying teens in return for spying on them. Now the social network’s controversial mobile VPN service is being shut down completely.”

Read more at PCMag.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is getting a Hagrid-themed roller coaster.

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“Another piece of the Potterverse is about to land in the real world. On Thursday, Universal Orlando Resort officially announced that a Hagrid-themed roller coaster is the new, long-awaited attraction coming to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, touted as the most “highly-themed” coaster in the Wizarding World’s nine-year history, is set to open on June 13.”

Read more at Thrillist.