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Marina Koren

Marina Koren

Marina Koren is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic. She was previously the news editor at National Journal.
Marina Koren is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic. She was previously the news editor at National Journal.
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A Hitch at NASA Headquarters

NASA has carried out its first all-female spacewalk, but hints of outdated thinking about women in space remain.

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The Exquisite Boredom of Spacewalking

A trip outside the International Space Station is, at its core, a home-improvement project.

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NASA Hands Elon Musk a Reality Check

A shared effort to deliver NASA astronauts to space recently got a little awkward.

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Why Soviets Sent Dogs to Space While Americans Used Primates

Researchers didn’t know how people would react to weightlessness. So they sent animals first.

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The Aging Spacecraft of Deep Space

NASA is rationing watts to keep its oldest mission going.

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The Great NASA Bake-Off

High-tech agriculture would keep far-flung astronauts alive, but making something delicious would keep them happy.

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The Apollo Engineer Who Almost Wasn’t Allowed in the Control Room

JoAnn Morgan stood out against the sea of men in skinny ties and glasses. But she was right where she belonged.

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The Fraught Effort to Return to the Moon

NASA wants to put people back on the lunar surface in 2024, but it doesn’t have the budget.

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The Moment That Made Neil Armstrong’s Heart Rate Spike

Real-time data from the Apollo 11 astronauts, carefully monitored by Mission Control, capture the frenzied maneuvers that put men on the moon.

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NASA Will Go Looking for Alien Life

The agency plans to launch a spacecraft to Titan, a moon of Saturn with some crucial ingredients for habitability.

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A Robot Has Been Stuck on Mars for Months

NASA will conduct a delicate rescue mission to free a probe trapped just inches below the Red Planet’s surface.

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The New Hunt for Moon Money

The Trump administration has asked Congress for more funding to meet a very ambitious deadline.

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Even Astronauts Binge-Watch TV While in Space

In a cramped and isolated environment like a space station, leisure activities are extra important for maintaining mental health.

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

The Navy knows the reports may seem odd, but they want to collect the data.

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NASA Could Go to the Moon Next Year

The agency is willing to ditch its own billion-dollar rocket in favor of a commercial one, to meet a very tight deadline.

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The NASA Decision Russia Didn’t Like

The International Space Station partners had differing opinions about a pivotal U.S. launch.

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NASA Is Rushing to the Moon

In the agency’s most ambitious dreams, it will be testing moon-landing systems within the next five years.

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Rosalind, a New Mars Rover, Is in Rare Company

The cosmos is crowded with the names of men, but a 2020 mission will make the balance a little less lopsided.