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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.
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The Most Honest Out-of-Office Message

June 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some weeks ago, I emailed a professor to ask for an interview for a story. Seconds later, I got his out-of-office response. “I am out of the office and expect to have only infrequent email access,” the message said. Pretty standard stuff. He’d respond to my email when he returned....

The Most Honest Out-of-Office Message

June 11, 2018 Some weeks ago, I emailed a professor to ask for an interview for a story. Seconds later, I got his out-of-office response. “I am out of the office and expect to have only infrequent email access,” the message said. Pretty standard stuff. He’d respond to my email when he returned....

‘We Choose to Go to the Moon’ Again—But When?

June 8, 2018 The bumper stickers have made an appearance at many congressional hearings in the last several years.“2033: We can do this,” they say, affirming the year by which some hope humans will set foot on Mars. Lawmakers wave them in front of the scientists, space executives, astronauts in the room, the...

What Should We Do About the International Space Station?

June 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The International Space Station was never meant to last forever. This was a distant concern in late 1998, when the United States, Canada, Russia, Japan, and European nations started launching hardware into space to assemble the largest human-made structure in orbit around Earth. But as the years went on—as the...

What Should We Do About the International Space Station?

June 6, 2018 The International Space Station was never meant to last forever. This was a distant concern in late 1998, when the United States, Canada, Russia, Japan, and European nations started launching hardware into space to assemble the largest human-made structure in orbit around Earth. But as the years went on—as the...

NASA Chief: 'I Fully Believe and Know the Climate Is Changing'

May 18, 2018 The new administrator of NASA held a town hall Thursday at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Jim Bridenstine is about four weeks into the job, and his path here was mired in controversy. After a few opening remarks, he started taking some questions. The first was about what Bridenstine...

The Mystery of the ‘SpaceBees’ Just Got Even Weirder

May 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow “Perfect timing!” Mike Coletta said when he answered the phone. I called him recently to ask about some satellites currently orbiting Earth. Just then, one of them was passing over his home in Colorado. Coletta has been tracking satellites with radio antennas mounted on his house for years. This spring,...

Helicopters Are Coming to a Planet Near You

May 15, 2018 The first space missions humans sent to Mars were flybys. Spacecraft had one chance to observe the planet before hurtling away, never to return. Then came the orbiters, designed to be captured by Mars’s gravity and stick around. Eventually, the orbiters started bringing landers with them, dropping them on the...

The Solar System's Icy Secret Keeper

May 14, 2018 In 2003, a NASA spacecraft plunged into the swirling atmosphere of Jupiter and vaporized. Galileo, named for the astronomer who discovered the planet’s biggest moons, had spent more nearly eight years in orbit, collecting data about the Jovian environment and relaying it back to Earth. “We learned mind-boggling things,” said...

Congress Is Quietly Nudging NASA to Look for Aliens

May 10, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In October 1992, astronomers kicked off an ambitious project years in the making. Two radio telescopes, one in Puerto Rico and the other in California, started scouring the night sky for potential signals from alien civilizations somewhere deep in the cosmos. “We begin the search,” declared Jill Tarter, the project...