Good afternoon: Today's PM is 455 words, a 2 minute read.
Situational awareness: The Federal Trade Commission voted to approve approximately $5 billion in settlement fees with Facebook this week. Details.
- The fine would represent the largest ever of its kind, Axios' David McCabe notes.
1 big thing: The next country on the moon
Coming Monday: India is attempting to put its 1st probe on the Moon, the AP notes.
- "India’s first lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, whose name is Sanskrit for 'moon craft,' orbited the moon in 2008 and helped confirm the presence of water. In 2013-14, India put a satellite into orbit around Mars in the nation’s first interplanetary mission."
- "The spacecraft will have a lunar orbiter, lander and a rover. The lander will carry a camera, a seismometer, a thermal instrument and a NASA-supplied laser retroreflector that will help calculate the distance between the Earth and the moon."
Why it matters: If India manages to land on the moon, they'll join a very exclusive club that includes the US, Russia (Soviet Union) and China, Axios' Miriam Kramer emails.
Between the lines: Folks who are framing this as a "race" are missing the bigger point that space is becoming more accessible for many different nations, not just huge ones with lots of money, Miriam tells me.
What's next: NASA is planning to aim for the Moon's south pole for its Artemis mission in 2024.
Bonus: Pic du jour
Scaffolding is installed on part of Notre-Dame.
- "The cleaning and consolidation phase of the building should continue until at least the end of the year."
2. What you missed
- Labor Secretary Alex Acosta will resign next week, following critical attention over his role in a lenient 2008 plea deal for sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Go deeper.
- Trump has told confidants he's eager to remove Dan Coats as director of national intelligence, according to five sources who have discussed the matter directly with the president. Go deeper.
- Volkswagen is investing $2.6 billion in self-driving startup Argo AI, joining Ford as an equal partner in the Pittsburgh-based company, while Ford announced plans to build at least 600,000 vehicles for Europe using Volkswagen's electric vehicle technology. Go deeper.
- 🎧 The age of die-hard sports fans is ending, with a new generation that's willing and eager to change allegiance and interests. Axios' Pro Rata podcast goes deeper with Angela Ruggiero, a four-time Olympian and managing partner of the Sports Innovation Lab. Listen here.
3. 1 fun thing
Impossible Foods, the maker of the now-ubiquitous Impossible Burger, "is joining a crowded field of food companies developing alternatives to traditional seafood with plant-based recipes or laboratory techniques that allow scientists to grow fish from cells," writes the New York Times.
- "Last month, Impossible’s 124-person research and development team ... produced an anchovy-flavored broth made from plants" that can be used to make paella or Caesar dressing.
Why it matters: "The fishless-fish project is part of Impossible’s grand ambitions to devise tasty replacements for every animal-based food on the market by 2035."