U.S. space stocks take off on Bush lunar, Mars plan Reuters

Shares of space-related companies took off on Friday on hopes that President George W. Bush’s expected initiative for a permanent U.S. presence on the moon and a mission to Mars will boost profits. “For the first time since 1972, people think we’re going to have a renewed space program,” said Arthur Hogan, chief market analyst for investment firm Jefferies & Co. “It’s a hot-button topic.”