The spacecraft was destroyed in 2122 when Ellen Ripley ordered its reactor to self-destruct in an effort to eliminate the lone Xenomorph aboard the ship. The following explosion utterly destroyed the ship and its refined cargo.
This event marked the end of the Alien film series and the beginning of the Resurrection "reboot" series.
The Nostromo set out from Earth in 2046 to explore a distant planet called LV-178. When it returned, its captain, Joseph Daniell, informed the government that while exploring the planet's moon, he had found evidence of life. He also reported that the ship had encountered some problems while landing on LV-178. Before they could arrive at the planet, the Nostromo was attacked by one of the creatures known as "Alienvs". Although several crew members were killed, Captain Daniell managed to activate the vessel's self-defense system which caused the ship to explode before it could be invaded. All hands lost except for Captain Daniell who survived due his space suit being equipped with a life support system.
In 2121, the United States Congress approved funding for a second expedition into deep space with no knowledge of what had happened to the first crew.
The battleship Yamato, weighing 72,800 tons and armed with nine 18.1-inch guns, was Japan's sole hope of defeating the Allied fleet off the coast of Okinawa. However, a lack of air cover and fuel doomed the operation to failure. It was lost after being hit by 19 American aircraft torpedoes, killing 2,498 of its crew.
The Yamato was launched in February 1944 and completed two years later at the Mitsubishi shipyard in Nagasaki. The boat was named after the emperor who had died before she was completed. She was the largest warship ever built on Japanese soil until the atomic bomb destroyed Hiroshima.
The loss of the Yamato meant that there were no longer any major warships left in the Pacific Ocean that could be used as a threat to the Allied fleets. This fact forced the US and UK to focus all their attention on Japan itself.
The battle of Okinawa was the last major land battle of World War II. It began on 10 April 1945 and ended on 22 May when most of the island was surrendered to America.
Okinawa is a large island south of Japan's main islands. It has an area of 465 square miles and a population of 1.5 million people. Military action on the island began on 9 April when American forces invaded from the north and south.
Yamato had suffered ten torpedo and seven bomb strikes and was in a lot of pain. Despite counterflooding, the ship continued to list, and when it reached 35 degrees, the order to abandon ship was given. While the remainder of the bridge crew sought to flee, the captain and several of the bridge staff tied themselves to their posts and went down with the ship. The last sight that anyone had of them was when they pulled the plug on the sea water pump and were lost at sea.
At 1100 hours on 10 April 1945, Yamato finally sank by diving too far forward and breaking the surface near the island of Saipan. More than 1000 sailors died in this disaster.
Yamato was finally taken under tow but she had already gone down by then so there was nothing that could be done to save her. Her final position was recorded as 054° 30' N 159° 20' E (north-east of Saipan).
Of the nine million tons of shipping that passed through the Suez Canal in 1944, more than 1000 were ships like the Yamato. They were big, clumsy vessels made of steel that offered little protection against air attack. But they also carried a huge amount of cargo that would not fit into smaller ships that were safer but less profitable. Without these ships there would have been no Britain, no America, no Russia after Stalin took control over post-war planning. And there would have been no hope for those who fought and died in all the wars of the twentieth century.
Almost 80 years of study and scientific experiments back up the initial German and American accident investigations in 1937: the Hindenburg tragedy was caused by an electrical discharge (i.e., a spark) that ignited leaking hydrogen. The fire quickly spread, causing the giant airship to break up in severe weather over New Jersey.
The Germans conducted their own investigation, which agreed with the American findings. They concluded that the leak was probably caused by a worn valve stem inside a gas cell. But the real cause might never be known for certain since there are still some mysteries surrounding the death of Count Zeppelin. For example: why did the airship suddenly begin to burn more than 30 minutes after its departure from Frankfurt am Main?
There were just-completed improvements to the safety of the Hindenburg model dirigible when it crashed on May 6, 1937. The U.S. government had retrofitted the ship with new valves that would close if they were opened during flight. And all passengers and crew members escaped unharmed.
However, the fact that so many people were on board at the time of the explosion means that some people must have been negligent in handling the leaky gas cells or valving systems. This could have been due to human error or design flaws in the aircraft.