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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.

Go deeper: How to watch SpaceX's historic crewed launch Wednesday

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Miriam Kramer, author of Space
Sep 1, 2020 - Science

Why the private space industry embraces risk

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

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.

Georgia governor declines Trump's request to help overturn election result

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp pushed back on Saturday after President Trump pressed him to help overturn the state's election results.

Driving the news: Trump asked the Republican governor over the phone Saturday to call a special legislative session aimed at overturning the presidential election results in Georgia, per the Washington Post. Kemp refused.