SpaceX’s triumph, exoplanets and mysterious killer whales: This week in space and science

(CNN)This week saw the beginning of a new era of human spaceflight, thanks to the launch and return of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, the first commercially operated spacecraft designed to carry astronauts. It’s not shuttling humans just yet, but it did have some interesting cargo. A big win for SpaceX, Ripley and Little Earth The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule launched March 2 and completed its historic mission Friday. The capsule docked at the International Space Station to deliver supplies, spent the week attached to the station and then splashed back down on Earth. It’s been designed to carry astronauts to the space station as early as June or July, but no humans were on board for this historic test flight. …

Start your Monday smart: Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, first Manafort sentencing, South by Southwest

(CNN)Ready to feel protected? You’re in luck. Today starts National Consumer Protection Week, which wants to help youunderstand your consumer rights and make better decisions about your money. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. You give us five minutes, and we give you five things you must know for your weekday, plus a Sunday edition to get your week started smart. Sign up here.) Neil Bush on his father’s legacy MONDAY • Another partisan gerrymandering case goes to court. Ohio is the latest battleground in the fight over whether state lawmakers violated the US Constitution by drawing voting districts to benefit a political party. A federal trial is set to …