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Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos. (Photo: Brent Lewis/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

New Glenn is one of two key rockets that are a part of Blue Origin's arsenal.

Why it matters: Jeff Bezos' private space company wants to use the rocket to drive down the cost of bringing large payloads to orbit.

Key details about New Glenn
  • Projected launch date: 2021
  • Height: 270 ft.
  • Engines: 7 reusable BE-4 LOX/LNG engines
  • Launch site: Launch Complex 36 in Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • Jobs: The project has created 330 jobs with an average annual salary of $90,000, per the Orlando Business Journal.
  • Investment: $2.5 billion to date
  • Supported payload weight: 13 metric tons to geostationary transfer orbit, 45 metric tons to low Earth orbit
  • Customers (to date): Eutelsat, OneWeb, mu Space, SKY Perfect JSAT and Telesat
  • Namesake: John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth
Other facts about New Glenn
  • The rocket's first stage is built to be reusable for 25 missions, per Blue Origin, in line with one of the company's goals to drive down the cost of access to space.
  • It will be designed to launch and land in 95% of weather conditions.
  • During liftoff, when the rocket's two stages separate, the first flies back to Earth and lands on a moving ship.
  • Its fairing has double the usable volume of any "existing launch vehicle," according to Blue Origin.

Blue Origin's simulation of a New Glenn flight:

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Schumer vows to confirm Breyer replacement "with all deliberate speed"

Chuck Schumer. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer responded Wednesday to reports that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire, commending his time on the bench and promising to confirm President Biden's nominated replacement "with all deliberate speed."

Why it matters: The opportunity to appoint a new Supreme Court justice will be one of the longest-lasting pieces of Biden's legacy and could energize Democrats ahead of the midterms.

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Scoop: Israel's "top priority" mission to discredit UN probe

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addresses the UN. Photo: John Minchillo/Pool via Getty

Israel is planning a campaign to discredit a UN commission formed to investigate the violence in Gaza last May and the root causes of the protracted conflict in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, according to an Israeli Foreign Ministry cable seen by Axios.

Why it matters: Israeli officials say they are highly concerned that the commission’s report will refer to Israel as an "Apartheid state" and that its findings could damage Israel's reputation, particularly among progressives in the West. The report is expected in June.

Updated 28 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire: reports

Justice Stephen Breyer. Photo: MANDEL NGAN / AFP via Getty Images

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire, NBC news first reported and multiple outlets confirmed on Wednesday, giving President Biden his first — and maybe only — chance to put a stamp on the high court.

What’s next: Appointing a new Supreme Court justice will be one of the longest-lasting pieces of Biden’s legacy — and could give Democrats a jolt of energy ahead of next year's midterms.