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

10:01 AM ET 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...

NASA’s Beloved Mars Rovers Are Having a Rough Year

September 20, 2018 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...