In Today’s Deep Space Extra… SpaceX presses closer to a NASA Commercial Crew Program milestone. Organic molecules have been detected in ice grains erupting from Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Cotton seeds sprout at the Moon.
Human Space ExplorationSpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon arrive at Cape Canaveral ahead of key test for crew flightTech Crunch (10/3): The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule assigned to a launch abort test, a critical milestone in the company’s efforts to achieve certification under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program for the transportation of astronauts to and from the International Space Station, has reached Cape Canaveral, Florida, for pre-launch processing. A launch date has not been set.
Space ScienceAstronomers find our second interstellar visitor looks like the localsScientific American (10/3): Last month, experts confirmed that a comet like object, 2I Borisov, originated from outside the solar system. It was only the second such discovery. Now, astronomers are watching closely as 2I Borisov approaches the sun, warms and begins to emit more and more material into space that can be studied with observatories for similarities to the chemistry of similar objects that originated within the solar system.
Organic compounds found in plumes of Saturn’s icy ...