Private spaceflight, a Martian record, extra-terrestrial green and gold, and more.

On Wednesday, SpaceX had a successful launch and splashdown (check
here and here), and they hope for a visit to the space station in the near future

If there’s a real-life Endor or a Yavin with forest moons, we may now be able
to detect them.

Next week, the Odyssey Orbiter sets a record for the length of time it has been working on Mars.

Here on earth, some of us will get to see the last really good meteor shower of the year.

And some of that gold in them thar hills just may have come from space.