Feb 6, 2018

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By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Situational awareness: The market avoided a third straight day of losses, yo-yoing its way to a 567 point gain. Chart below.

1 big thing: Falcon has landed
GIF via Axios. Video via SpaceX

Elon Musk launched a car into space today.

SpaceX's FalconHeavy launch was a success, with more than two million viewers live streaming it on YouTube and the networks cutting to cover the historic moment.

  • Both boosters landed (perfectly in sync) and the core landed on Elon Musk's "Of Course I Still Love You" drone ship, Axios' Erin Ross writes.
  • What comes next: The final payload will deploy Musk's cherry-red Tesla roadster into orbit around the sun. Its highly elliptical orbit will take the roadster past Mars.
  • Why it matters: It's a big step towards affordable, airplane-style space commerce. The FalconHeavy is less expensive than comparable rockets and can carry twice the weight of other rockets.

Go deeper: Why Elon Musk's giant rockets matter [YouTube]

GIF via Wired Science. Video via SpaceX
2. The Dow avoids a losing streak
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Data: Money.net; Chart: Axios Visuals
3. What you missed

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket sits on launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center yesterday. Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

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