Elon Musk’s SpaceX was set to launch its first manned mission today, but weather postponed the launch for Saturday at 3:22 p.m. ET. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be aboard the capsule heading to the International Space Station. Read more at Space.com
UPDATE: A prototype of SpaceX’s reuseable “Starship” rocket blew up on the launch pad during a stress test on Friday. It appeared that a gas leak during the test led to an explosion during the live stream. SpaceX says it is unrelated to Saturday’s launch. See more at Gizmodo.com
Protests over the killing of George Floyd by police officers turned to riots and the destruction of businesses in Minneapolis and led to the burning of the 3rd Precinct police headquarters.
The National Guard responded and brought in the MQ-9 Reaper drone to moniter the rioters. Curfew has been ordered for Friday and Saturday nights. Read more on what happened Thursday night at Twincities.com.
The same drone model was used in the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. See more information at U.S. Air Force.
UPDATE: Watch protests and riots on Friday night via live stream on Smokenscan’s Twitch.tv channel
Global warming computer prediction models are only as good as their input, and it appears they need more adjusting. A new study has found the ocean’s biological pump captures twice as much carbon as previously thought.
Measurements of carbon captured in the ocean should be taken where the ocean’s sunlit zone disappears, the study says. Previous models used 450 feet as a set reference depth, but the new study took into account the true variable depth between 100 and 550 feet.
How it works: Plankton die or are consumed in a daily cycle that moves carbon from the from the surface to the deep ocean. A “marine snowfall” occurs trapping most of the ocean’s carbon in deep waters where it is stored for hundreds to thousands of years.
Apparently inferring that people should vote based on skin color isn’t racist if you are a Democrat. Joe Biden told the “The Breakfast Club” morning show “if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, you ain’t black.” See the exchange at CNS News.
Since Biden brought it up: History Infographics questions why blacks would ever vote Democrat, considering the Democrats’ history.
See more toons from the talented Pat Cross at Pat Cross cartoons.
Dex Bahr at The American Thinker has a critique of the Trump presidency so far…
“It’s as if a brilliant light has been shone on those who place self-aggrandizement, partisanship, and globalism over the interests of the American people they have been elected to serve.”
More #Obamagate memes from @Will_of_Ockham on Twitter.