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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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The New Hunt for Moon Money

May 14, 2019 On their last morning on the moon, the astronauts woke up to horns, trumpets, and thumping drums. They recognized the sound immediately—it was the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey. “That was a great song,” Gene Cernan told mission control. “I think it’s very apropos at the moment.” It was...

Even Astronauts Binge-Watch TV While in Space

May 10, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This time last year, Drew Feustel was weightless, floating from room to room on the International Space Station. When he looked out a window, the view was stunning. There was Earth, resplendent and gleaming against the inky darkness of space. There, beneath silky tufts of white clouds, was the rest...

Even Astronauts Binge-Watch TV While in Space

May 9, 2019 This time last year, Drew Feustel was weightless, floating from room to room on the International Space Station. When he looked out a window, the view was stunning. There was Earth, resplendent and gleaming against the inky darkness of space. There, beneath silky tufts of white clouds, was the rest...

Just Don’t Call Them UFOs

April 29, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Pilots are about to receive a new memo from management: If you encounter an unidentified flying object while on the job, please tell us. The U.S. Navy is drafting new rules for reporting such sightings, according to a recent story from Politico. Apparently, enough incidents have occurred in “various military-controlled...

The Navy Wants Pilots to Report Strange Sightings in the Sky, But Not As 'UFOs'

April 29, 2019 Pilots are about to receive a new memo from management: If you encounter an unidentified flying object while on the job, please tell us. The U.S. Navy is drafting new rules for reporting such sightings, according to a recent story from Politico. Apparently, enough incidents have occurred in “various military-controlled...

Why Trump Wants to Go to the Moon So Badly

March 29, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There’s some disagreement about what the last people to visit the moon said just before they left. It could be Gene Cernan telling Jack Schmitt, who was fiddling with a camera, “Now let’s get off. Forget the camera.” It could be what was spoken after that, which NASA’s official transcript...

The Original Sin of NASA Space Suits

March 27, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The crew of the International Space Station spends most of their time inside, but sometimes they venture out. Astronauts have conducted more than 200 spacewalks in the last two decades, often to spruce up the station, and on the next one, two astronauts are scheduled to replace some old solar...

The Original Sin of NASA Space Suits

March 27, 2019 The crew of the International Space Station spends most of their time inside, but sometimes they venture out. Astronauts have conducted more than 200 space walks in the past two decades, often to spruce up the station, and on the next one, two astronauts are scheduled to replace some old...

The Mysterious Exploding Asteroid

March 20, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Billions of years ago, something—perhaps the vibrations of an exploding star—jostled a cloud of cosmic gas and dust suspended in space. The cloud collapsed on itself and flattened into a spinning disk. The center grew heavy and ignited, forming our sun. The stuff that remained ricocheted, collided, and congealed. The...

What Would a Dog Do on Mars?

March 18, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Recently, NASA released colorful, dreamy illustrations depicting an imagined future in which human beings have made it to other worlds. A curly-haired astronaut floats inside a lunar space station, with the crater-pocked moon behind her. A lunar explorer steadies a camera on a tripod to photograph Earth in the distance....