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There’s a new Space Race, and it’s private this time
Feb 15, 2023

There’s a new Space Race, and it’s private this time

There's a new race to the moon underway between private firms offering cargo-carrying services. This is just the beginning of a new age of space commercialization, says The Economist's Tom Standage. The Securities and Exchange Commission is issuing new rules that tighten the window companies have to execute stock trades, which comes in response to the 2021 GameStop trading fiasco. And, natural gas firms, flush with profits, cut back hedging last year. 

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A new moon race is underway

And this it's private companies that are racing to get to the moon first.
Along with NASA, there are a bunch of organizations that want to send stuff to the moon. And now there are companies willing to take things there.
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The team

Leanna Byrne Host, BBC
Meredith Garretson Senior Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer
Alex Schroeder Producer
Ariana Rosas Producer/Director
Jarrett Dang Digital Producer
Jesson Duller Media Producer
Nick Esposito Media Producer
James Graham Producer, BBC
Jo Critcher Producer, BBC
Olie D'Albertanson Producer, BBC