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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’s Beloved Mars Rovers Are Having a Rough Year

12:01 PM ET 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...

NASA’s Beloved Mars Rovers Are Having a Rough Year

10:52 AM ET 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...

NASA's Space Probes Shouldn't Be Tacky Billboards

September 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The year is 2043. A skyscraper-tall rocket sits atop a launchpad. The engines ignite with a roar. The rocket lurches upward, climbing higher and higher until it leaves Earth’s atmosphere. In space, the nose of the rocket breaks open and releases its payload. It’s the most powerful space telescope in...

Analysis: NASA's Space Probes Shouldn't Be Tacky Billboards

September 11, 2018 The year is 2043. A skyscraper-tall rocket sits atop a launchpad. The engines ignite with a roar. The rocket lurches upward, climbing higher and higher until it leaves Earth’s atmosphere. In space, the nose of the rocket breaks open and releases its payload. It’s the most powerful space telescope in...

What the Heck Happened on the International Space Station?

September 10, 2018 A story emerged this week involving a surprising leak, a Russian investigation, and suggestions of sabotage, but it wasn’t set in Washington. The story unfolded about 250 miles above Earth, where a mysterious hole was discovered leaking pressurized air out of a capsule on the International Space Station. Officials said...

Launching Rogue Satellites Into Space Was a ‘Mistake’

September 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In January, Sara Spangelo tuned into a live-stream in California to witness a rocket launch thousands of miles away, on an island along the Indian coast overlooking the Bay of Bengal. A 144-foot-tall launch vehicle, owned and operated by India, sat on the launchpad. As a voice on the stream...

Hawaii’s Biggest Hurricane Threat in More Than Two Decades

August 22, 2018 Residents of Hawaii awoke to a flurry of emergency alerts Wednesday morning as a major hurricane spun toward the state, threatening the entire island chain with heavy rains, damaging winds, and severe flooding. Hurricane Lane had grown to a Category 5 storm Tuesday night, packing maximum sustained winds of 160...

Hawaii’s Biggest Hurricane Threat in More Than Two Decades

August 22, 2018 Residents of Hawaii awoke to a flurry of emergency alerts Wednesday morning as a major hurricane spun toward the state, threatening the entire island chain with heavy rains, damaging winds, and severe flooding. Hurricane Lane had grown to a Category 5 storm Tuesday night, packing maximum sustained winds of 160...

SpaceX Pulls Ahead of Boeing in the Race to Fly American Astronauts

August 3, 2018 On Friday morning, NASA will show off four of its veteran astronauts at an event at Johnson Space Center in Houston: two U.S. Air Force colonels, one U.S. Marine colonel, and one U.S. Navy captain. They all have advanced science and engineering degrees. They’ve been working for NASA since 2000...

Too Much of a Good Thing at NASA

August 1, 2018 In June, NASA officials announced some distressing news: America’s next great space telescope won’t launch next spring, as they had hoped. Engineers needed more time to finish it. Their new deadline, they said, is 2021. To explain the delay, officials brought in Tom Young, a highly respected engineer who has...