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10th Jul '16 5:40:46 PM ObsequiousEscargot
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** An interesting take on this subject - the episode "Roads To Nowhere" indicates that within 200 years every vehicle on earth will no longer exist, due to some corrosive nature; however, the lunar rovers, now untouched on the moon since the late 1960's, will continue to be unbellimished for centuries.

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** An interesting take on this subject - the episode "Roads "[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1462251/?ref_=ttep_ep9 Roads To Nowhere" Nowhere]]" indicates that within 200 years every vehicle on earth will no longer exist, due to some corrosive nature; however, the lunar rovers, now untouched on the moon since the late 1960's, will continue to be unbellimished prefectly pristine for centuries.
10th Jul '16 5:15:57 PM ObsequiousEscargot
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** An interesting take on this subject - the episode "Roads To Nowhere" indicates that within 200 years every vehicle on earth will no longer exist, due to some corrosive nature; however, the lunar rovers, now untouched on the moon since the late 1960's, will continue to be unbellimished for centuries.
24th Jun '16 11:14:37 AM Doug86
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* In the first season finale of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', Vandal Savage changes history by sending information to himself in the past, and the only people unaffected when the DelayedRippleEffect kicks in are a group of the Leaguers in Earth orbit. (Although it's not being out in space that protects them -- the ripple reaches them and keeps going -- they're all travelling in a bubble projected by Comicbook/GreenLantern's [[GreenLanternRing ring]], which protects them somehow.)

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* In the first season finale of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', Vandal Savage changes history by sending information to himself in the past, and the only people unaffected when the DelayedRippleEffect kicks in are a group of the Leaguers in Earth orbit. (Although it's not being out in space that protects them -- the ripple reaches them and keeps going -- they're all travelling in a bubble projected by Comicbook/GreenLantern's Franchise/GreenLantern's [[GreenLanternRing ring]], which protects them somehow.)
22nd Jun '16 3:06:37 PM Alceister
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* After the destruction of the planet [[spoiler: Vulcan]] in ''Film/StarTrek XI'', Spock estimates there to be a few thousand survivors. All those people obviously couldn't have been on their planet at the time it bit the dust.

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* After the destruction of the planet [[spoiler: Vulcan]] in ''Film/StarTrek XI'', Spock estimates there to be a few thousand survivors. All those people people, excepting the ones rescued by the Enterprise, obviously couldn't have been on or near their planet at the time it bit the dust.
17th Jun '16 3:33:54 AM Chabal2
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* Done on a galaxy-wide scale in Warhammer40K: the Warp storms from [[CosmicHorror Slaanesh's]] birth were so severe they prevented all FTLTravel for centuries, leaving all of humanity cut off from each other (and particularly sucked for those planets who depend on imported food to feed themselves, and the ships nowhere near an inhabited planet). One of the main reasons the GodEmperor hasn't been taken off life-support (in theory, he could be released from his corpse and fight the Chaos gods on their own turf) is that this would cost humanity their sole point of reference in the Warp, cutting off FTLTravel for good.
15th Jun '16 4:44:55 PM thatother1dude
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* The protagonists of ''Anime/GoLion'' are astronauts who were on a mission in space while Earth civilization was destroyed by World War III.

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* The protagonists of ''Anime/GoLion'' are astronauts who were on a mission in space while Earth civilization was destroyed by World War III. Then TheEmpire takes them and most of the other survivors as slaves. In ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'', Earth is still intact and a major part of TheAlliance, and the devastated region shown was part of Arus.



* ''Anime/GoLion'' begins with the crew of a space mission returning to an Earth devastated by a nuclear war while they were gone. Then TheEmpire takes them and most of the other survivors as slaves. In ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'', Earth is still intact and a major part of TheAlliance, and the devastated region shown was part of Arus.
14th Jun '16 10:04:15 PM thatother1dude
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* Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead has two NASA astronauts running the International Space Station when the ZombieApocalypse takes place. The United States decides to try launching nukes as a last ditch effort. Most of them get shot down, but one detonates in the atmosphere and blankets Asia with an EMP. The astronauts wonder what is going on down there. [[SubvertedTrope The worst part about their situation is that they're well aware about the zombies, and it's very unlikely that NASA will ever be able to deliver supplies or recover them up there.]]

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* Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead'' has two NASA astronauts running the International Space Station when the ZombieApocalypse takes place. The United States decides to try launching nukes as a last ditch effort. Most of them get shot down, but one detonates in the atmosphere and blankets Asia with an EMP. The astronauts wonder what is going on down there. [[SubvertedTrope The worst part about their situation is that they're well aware about the zombies, and it's very unlikely that NASA will ever be able to deliver supplies or recover them up there.]]


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* ''Anime/GoLion'' begins with the crew of a space mission returning to an Earth devastated by a nuclear war while they were gone. Then TheEmpire takes them and most of the other survivors as slaves. In ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'', Earth is still intact and a major part of TheAlliance, and the devastated region shown was part of Arus.
11th Jun '16 10:32:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* StephenBaxter's ''Titan'' has a group of astronauts journeying to the titular moon. This is the space program's last gasp before being shut down. Meanwhile, tensions escalate between the U.S. and China, culminating in China diverting an asteroid to threaten the U.S. with precision fragment strikes. [[spoiler: Unfortunately the Chinese screw it up, and when the asteroid hits Earth it wipes everyone out. The astronauts, knowing that they are the last people alive, release a jar of bacteria on Titan devised as a starter kit for life. Millions of years later, when the Sun begins to expand, those bacteria have evolved into a race of sentient beetle-like creatures.]]

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* StephenBaxter's Creator/StephenBaxter's ''Titan'' has a group of astronauts journeying to the titular moon. This is the space program's last gasp before being shut down. Meanwhile, tensions escalate between the U.S. and China, culminating in China diverting an asteroid to threaten the U.S. with precision fragment strikes. [[spoiler: Unfortunately the Chinese screw it up, and when the asteroid hits Earth it wipes everyone out. The astronauts, knowing that they are the last people alive, release a jar of bacteria on Titan devised as a starter kit for life. Millions of years later, when the Sun begins to expand, those bacteria have evolved into a race of sentient beetle-like creatures.]]



* A non-human example in Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''ArrivalsFromTheDark''. The {{Backstory}} of the [[HumanAliens Faata]] reveals that their civilization has suffered a catastrophie event that wiped out all civilization. This event, known as the Eclipse, threw the Faata back to the Stone Age. After they managed to rebuild their civilization, they send out exploration ships to nearby stars. When the astronauts come back, they see the aftermath of the Second Eclipse. Determined to prevent the Third Eclipse, they radically restructure the very biology of their race and create a strictly-hierarchical society with themselves at the top and the degraded people on their homeworld as various servant [[HumanSubspecies subspecies]]. They become ruthless expansionists in their belief that only unlimited expansion will prevent another Eclipse.

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* A non-human example in Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''ArrivalsFromTheDark''.''Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark''. The {{Backstory}} of the [[HumanAliens Faata]] reveals that their civilization has suffered a catastrophie event that wiped out all civilization. This event, known as the Eclipse, threw the Faata back to the Stone Age. After they managed to rebuild their civilization, they send out exploration ships to nearby stars. When the astronauts come back, they see the aftermath of the Second Eclipse. Determined to prevent the Third Eclipse, they radically restructure the very biology of their race and create a strictly-hierarchical society with themselves at the top and the degraded people on their homeworld as various servant [[HumanSubspecies subspecies]]. They become ruthless expansionists in their belief that only unlimited expansion will prevent another Eclipse.


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27th May '16 3:22:30 AM Bosco13
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** In ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', a pair of Kryptonian astronauts survived the destruction of their planet, and wind up coming to Earth to conquer it.

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** In ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', a pair of Kryptonian Bar-El and Lilo, Krypton's first astronauts survived the destruction of their planet, and wind up coming to Earth to conquer it.
4th May '16 12:47:27 AM Bosco13
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* Like in the comics, General Zod and his cronies managed to survive the destruction of the planet Krypton because they were trapped in the [[PrisonDimension Phantom Zone]] in both ''SupermanTheMovie'' and ''{{Film/ManOfSteel Man of Steel}}''.

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* Like in the comics, General Zod and his cronies managed to survive the destruction of the planet Krypton because they were trapped in the [[PrisonDimension Phantom Zone]] in both ''SupermanTheMovie'' and ''{{Film/ManOfSteel ''[[Film/ManOfSteel Man of Steel}}''.Steel]]''.
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