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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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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...

Who Should Pay for the Mistakes on NASA’s Next Big Telescope?

July 28, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If everything had gone according to plan, the most powerful space telescope would be in orbit right now, perched about 1 million miles from Earth, peering deep into the universe, and returning home mesmerizing photos of glittering stars and galaxies. Instead, it’s still in a factory in California, waiting to...

Who Should Pay for the Mistakes on NASA’s Next Big Telescope?

July 27, 2018 If everything had gone according to plan, the most powerful space telescope would be in orbit right now, perched about 1 million miles from Earth, peering deep into the universe, and returning home mesmerizing photos of glittering stars and galaxies. Instead, it’s still in a factory in California, waiting to...

Trump’s Space Force Will Have to Wait

July 25, 2018 In mid-June, President Donald Trump gave one of his generals a new assignment. “I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the Armed Forces,” the president declared, during a speech at a meeting...

Trump’s Space Force Will Have to Wait

July 24, 2018 In mid-June, President Donald Trump gave one of his generals a new assignment. “I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the Armed Forces,” the president declared, during a speech at a meeting...

The Elon Musk Impersonators of the Internet

July 23, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The summer of Elon Musk making headlines for his controversial tweets continues apace, and the past several days have been particularly scorching. This time the topic was Musk’s attempt to help rescue the teenaged soccer players and their coach trapped in a Thailand cave. Musk was met with skepticism from...

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....