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Marina Koren Marina Koren is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic. She was previously the news editor at National Journal.
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NASA Finally Gets a New Leader

April 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After an unprecedented wait, the nation’s space agency has a Trump-picked, Senate-approved, permanent leader at last. Lawmakers voted 50–49 on Thursday to approve the nomination of Jim Bridenstine, a Republican congressman from Oklahoma, for nasa administrator, following months of debate over his qualifications and growing uncertainty over leadership at the...

What Happens When a Space Station Falls Out of the Sky

April 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sometime this weekend, an abandoned Chinese space station the size of a school bus will plummet back to Earth and mostly disintegrate in the atmosphere. Whatever chunks survive the intense heat of the journey will probably land in the ocean or a remote part of land, away from populated areas....

Why Is NASA's Space Telescope Running a Year Behind?

March 28, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the world’s most powerful space telescope, the finish line keeps getting further and further away. The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the famed Hubble, has been pushed back about a year, from spring 2019 to May 2020, NASA officials said Tuesday. The delay is...

Why Is NASA's Space Telescope Running a Year Behind?

March 28, 2018 For the world’s most powerful space telescope, the finish line keeps getting further and further away. The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the famed Hubble, has been pushed back about a year, from spring 2019 to May 2020, NASA officials said Tuesday. The delay is...

Congress Ignores Trump's Priorities for Science Funding

March 23, 2018 When President Donald Trump was sworn into office, much of the science community braced for the worst. Trump had long shown a stubborn disregard for any scientific knowledge that differed from his beliefs. Many scientists wondered what havoc the new president, empowered by a Congress controlled by Republicans, might wreak...

Who's Running NASA?

March 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There was only one witness at a congressional hearing about NASA's budget last week, and he wasn’t even supposed to be there. The witness, Robert Lightfoot, has worked at NASA for years. He arrived at the Marshall Spaceflight Center in 1989 as a test engineer. By 2009, he was running...

Who's Running NASA?

March 13, 2018 There was only one witness at a congressional hearing about NASA’s budget last week, and he wasn’t even supposed to be there. The witness, Robert Lightfoot, has worked at NASA for years. He arrived at the Marshall Spaceflight Center in 1989 as a test engineer. By 2009, he was running...

How Well Does Trump Understand NASA?

March 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At the end of a meeting at the White House on Thursday, President Donald Trump, flanked by members of his Cabinet, gestured to the table in front of them. “Before me are some rocket ships,” the president said. “You haven’t seen that for this country in a long time.” On...

How Well Does Trump Understand NASA?

March 9, 2018 At the end of a meeting at the White House on Thursday, President Donald Trump, flanked by members of his Cabinet, gestured to the table in front of them. “Before me are some rocket ships,” the president said. “You haven’t seen that for this country in a long time.” On...

Jupiter Will Never Stop Surprising Scientists

March 8, 2018 For the last year and a half, the nasa spacecraft Juno has been circling Jupiter and collecting reams of data. Juno spends most of its time a good distance away from Jupiter, safe from the worst of the planet’s intense radiation belts. But once every orbit, the spacecraft comes swooping...