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Elon Musk's SpaceX said on Monday that it plans to carry two civilians around the Moon in 2018.

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  • SpaceX says it was "approached" about the flight and that the two planned passengers "have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission."
  • They'll start training later this year.
  • Should all go as planned they will be traveling in the Crew Dragon spacecraft, which is set to be tested this year without a crew and the following year with a team from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

What we're watching: Whether Musk sticks to his schedule. Some have raised questions about whether SpaceX can feasibly start putting humans in space next year, as The Verge notes, though Musk has brushed them off.

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Pence chief of staff Marc Short tests positive for coronavirus

Marc Short with Katie Miller, Vice President Pence's communications director, in March. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times via Reuters

Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday and is quarantining, according to a White House statement.

Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force.

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Opposition leader Leopoldo López flees Venezuela

Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo López outside the Spanish embassy in Caracas, in 2019. Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images

Leopoldo López, a former political prisoner and prominent Venezuelan opposition leader, has left the country, his Popular Will party confirmed in a statement Saturday.

Why it matters: He's been an influential force in the push to oust President Nicolás Maduro's regime and a mentor to opposition leader Juan Guaidó. He'd been in the Spanish ambassador's Caracas residence since escaping house arrest in April 2019 following a failed military uprising.