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Today’s Deep Space Extra

9 Oct 2020, 13:24 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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Deep Space Extra will not be published on Monday, October 12 in observance of Columbus Day. We will return on Tuesday, October 13.

In Today’s Deep Space Extra… New studies suggest organic material will likely be present in sample collected from Bennu by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission on October 20. Space Force considers merging assets of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with those of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Space ScienceAsteroid Bennu was once part of a space rock with flowing waterNew Scientist (10/8): Research published Thursday affirms the presence of carbon-materials and organics on asteroid Bennu, and the likelihood that the asteroid is a rocky planetary body assembled from pieces of a larger object on which water flowed. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will touchdown briefly on October 20 to gather samples of pebbles and soil for return to Earth. Scientists expect the samples to help explain the role asteroids played in distributing water and organics, the building blocks of life, during planet formation. Planets don’t wait for their star to form firstUniverse Today (10/8): New research questions an assumption that star formation leads the way to the creation of planetary systems. The German-led effort published in the journal ...

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