Apr 17, 2020 - Science

NASA and SpaceX eye May 27 for first launch of astronauts from U.S. soil since 2011

SpaceX founder Elon Musk (2nd L) addresses the media alongside NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine (L) and astronauts Doug Hurley (2nd R) and Bob Behnken (R), during a press conference at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California in October. Photo: Philip Pacheco/AFP via Getty Images

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Friday that the space agency will send astronauts to the International Space Station on SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket on May 27 — the first launch of astronauts from U.S. soil since 2011.

Why it matters: It also marks the first crewed launch for equipment crafted by SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk. "We need access to the International Space Station from the United States of America. ... It's essential for our country to have that capability," Bridenstine told CNBC about the launch earlier this year.

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Jun 2, 2020 - Science

China outlines ambitious plan to build space station in orbit

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China has an ambitious new plan to build a space station in orbit by 2023.

Why it matters: The U.S. sees China as a rival in space, so any large undertaking like this one will be watched closely.

The risk asset rally continues as stock market rebounds

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Risk assets have jumped over the past week and continued their rally on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 gaining for a fourth straight day and posting its highest close since March 4, while the Nasdaq ended the day just 1.4% below its all-time high.

What it means: If it hadn't been evident before, Wednesday's market action made clear that the bulls are back in charge.

Trump's troubles grow, spread

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President Trump is confronting the most dire political environment of his presidency, with his support dropping fast from Texas to Wisconsin, even among his base of religious and older voters. 

Why it matters: Top Republicans tell Axios that Trump's handling of the nation's civil unrest, including his hasty photo op at St. John's Church after the violent clearing of Lafayette Park, make them much more worried about his chance of re-election than they were one week ago.