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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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Another Shocking Delay for NASA’s Next Big Telescope

June 28, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In February, a watchdog government agency warned NASA that its next big space telescope was dangerously close to running over schedule and over budget. Most of the James Webb Space Telescope, such as its gold-plated mirrors and scientific instruments, were ready. But there were too many problems with other elements...

Another Shocking Delay for NASA’s Next Big Telescope

June 28, 2018 In February, a watchdog government agency warned NASA that its next big space telescope was dangerously close to running over schedule and over budget. Most of the James Webb Space Telescope, such as its gold-plated mirrors and scientific instruments, were ready. But there were too many problems with other elements...

When a Mars Simulation Goes Wrong

June 22, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The drive to the little white dome on the northern slope of Mauna Loa is a bumpy one. Mauna Loa, the “Long Mountain,” is a colossal volcano that covers half of the island of Hawaii. The rocky terrain, rusty brown and deep red, crunches beneath car tires and jostles passengers....

How Exactly Do You Establish a Space Force?

June 19, 2018 At about 8 a.m. on Monday, reporters called into a press conference with White House officials to discuss the day’s main event: a meeting of the National Space Council at noon. The conference was convened to discuss a spate of new proposals by the administration for, among other things, improving...

The Most Honest Out-of-Office Message

June 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some weeks ago, I emailed a professor to ask for an interview for a story. Seconds later, I got his out-of-office response. “I am out of the office and expect to have only infrequent email access,” the message said. Pretty standard stuff. He’d respond to my email when he returned....

The Most Honest Out-of-Office Message

June 11, 2018 Some weeks ago, I emailed a professor to ask for an interview for a story. Seconds later, I got his out-of-office response. “I am out of the office and expect to have only infrequent email access,” the message said. Pretty standard stuff. He’d respond to my email when he returned....

‘We Choose to Go to the Moon’ Again—But When?

June 8, 2018 The bumper stickers have made an appearance at many congressional hearings in the last several years.“2033: We can do this,” they say, affirming the year by which some hope humans will set foot on Mars. Lawmakers wave them in front of the scientists, space executives, astronauts in the room, the...

What Should We Do About the International Space Station?

June 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The International Space Station was never meant to last forever. This was a distant concern in late 1998, when the United States, Canada, Russia, Japan, and European nations started launching hardware into space to assemble the largest human-made structure in orbit around Earth. But as the years went on—as the...

What Should We Do About the International Space Station?

June 6, 2018 The International Space Station was never meant to last forever. This was a distant concern in late 1998, when the United States, Canada, Russia, Japan, and European nations started launching hardware into space to assemble the largest human-made structure in orbit around Earth. But as the years went on—as the...

NASA Chief: 'I Fully Believe and Know the Climate Is Changing'

May 18, 2018 The new administrator of NASA held a town hall Thursday at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Jim Bridenstine is about four weeks into the job, and his path here was mired in controversy. After a few opening remarks, he started taking some questions. The first was about what Bridenstine...