Elon Musk's SpaceX is set to launch its first manned mission Wednesday, ushering in a new era in U.S. space exploration. Dan and Axios space reporter Miriam Kramer discuss the new economy of privately-funded space travel, the future of NASA, and the political ramifications of launching astronauts from U.S. soil for the first time in almost a decade.

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Sep 1, 2020 - Science

Why the private space industry embraces risk

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The space industry has always accepted some level of risk and failure, but as the commercial space industry matures, companies are using failure to their advantage to try to help their businesses succeed.

Why it matters: By taking on more risk and pushing their systems to the limits, space companies may be able to reach ambitious goals — like building a city on Mars or mining the Moon for resources.

Sep 3, 2020 - Podcasts

Joe Biden’s swing state trouble

Joe Biden heads to Kenosha on Thursday, which has seen unrest after Jacob Blake was shot by police last week. His visit comes a few days after President Trump's own stop. Axios talked to 10 swing voters in Wisconsin about their feelings on the protests in their state and the upcoming election.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 30,241,377 — Total deaths: 947,266— Total recoveries: 20,575,416Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 6,681,251 — Total deaths: 197,763 — Total recoveries: 2,540,334 — Total tests: 91,546,598Map.
  3. Politics: Trump vs. his own administration on virus response.
  4. Health: Massive USPS face mask operation called off The risks of moving too fast on a vaccine.
  5. Business: Unemployment drop-off reverses course 1 million mortgage-holders fall through safety netHow the pandemic has deepened Boeing's 737 MAX crunch.
  6. Education: At least 42% of school employees are vulnerable.