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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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If Everyone Left the International Space Station

November 9, 2018 In November 2000, some 250 miles above Earth, a capsule carrying one American and two Russians docked to the International Space Station (ISS). A hatch leading to their new living quarters swung open, and the crew members floated in and got to work. They hooked up cables and computers for...

Trump's Space Force Faces an Uncertain Fate

November 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the past several months, Donald Trump’s administration has explored the creation of a new military branch to protect national interests in outer space. Perhaps no one is as excited about this effort as President Trump, who came up with the idea. “He only asks me about the Space Force...

Trump's Space Force Faces an Uncertain Fate

November 9, 2018 For the past several months, Donald Trump’s administration has explored the creation of a new military branch to protect national interests in outer space. Perhaps no one is as excited about this effort as President Trump, who came up with the idea. “He only asks me about the Space Force...

Trump's Space Force Faces an Uncertain Fate

November 9, 2018 For the past several months, Donald Trump’s administration has explored the creation of a new military branch to protect national interests in outer space. Perhaps no one is as excited about this effort as President Trump, who came up with the idea. “He only asks me about the Space Force...

The Republican Space Fans Exiting the House

November 8, 2018 After eight years in power, Republicans in the House of Representatives will soon hand over the gavel to Democrats. When the new Congress convenes in January, the chamber will contain dozens fewer Republicans—and fewer Republican supporters of space exploration. The outcome of Tuesday’s elections will sweep several longtime champions of...

An Ode to the Spacecraft That Filled the Galaxy With Planets

October 31, 2018 In 2009, a NASA spacecraft, fresh off the launchpad, drifted into an orbit high above Earth. The Kepler telescope would circle the sun, but its attention would be focused elsewhere, far beyond the edges of our solar system, on the Milky Way’s other stars. As Kepler settled into its perch,...

Trump's NASA Administrator: ‘No Reason’ to Dismiss U.N. Climate Report

October 19, 2018 The crew, an American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut, were only minutes into their flight when a red warning light started flashing and alarms began to blare. Within seconds, their small capsule fired its engines and began hurtling away, trying to put as much distance as possible between the crew and...

Hubble’s Hardware Woes and the Painful Era of Aging Spacecraft

October 15, 2018 Perhaps no space mission has revealed as many wonders of the universe as the Hubble Space Telescope has. From its perch about 350 miles above Earth, the space observatory has produced sharp, mesmerizing views of planets, stars, and galaxies. The Hubble Deep Field, one of the most iconic images in...

The Moon Is Open for Business

September 28, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For many years, launching things into space was the work of governments. Only national agencies had the money, the technology, and, when it was necessary, the political will to fly humans around Earth and send probes to explore other planets. That began to change in the past several years, as...

NASA’s Beloved Mars Rovers Are Having a Rough Year

September 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At the start of 2018, nasa had two active rovers on Mars. Now, it has one—and it’s having some issues. Earlier this summer, the Opportunity rover stopped communicating with Earth after a massive dust storm swept the planet and prevented sunlight from reaching its solar panels. The storm has mostly...