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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 Declares a Beloved Mars Mission Over

February 14, 2019 The Mars probe came barreling in. It streaked through the planet’s atmosphere at about 12,000 miles per hour. With the surface in sight, its parachute unfurled. The probe fired its rockets to slow itself down, and inflated its airbags to cushion the landing. Touching down gently, it bounced across the...

A Very Relatable Moment on the International Space Station

February 12, 2019 Accidents happen during home-improvement projects, even in space. The mishap unfolded on the International Space Station, which orbits about 250 miles above Earth, circling the planet every hour and a half. Earlier this month, NASA astronauts had gathered in the bathroom to install a pair of stalls for an extra...

A Space Nerd’s Reading of Ariana Grande’s ‘NASA’ Song

February 11, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Ariana Grande’s new album, among the kinds of titles you’d expect from an ultra-successful pop star singing about the highs and lows of love—“needy” or “ghostin”— there’s this single, all-caps track: “NASA.” Yes, one of Grande’s new songs is named for the U.S. government agency that runs the space...

A Space Nerd’s Reading of Ariana Grande’s ‘NASA’ Song

February 11, 2019 On Ariana Grande’s new album, among the kinds of titles you’d expect from an ultra-successful pop star singing about the highs and lows of love—“needy” or “ghostin”— there’s this single, all-caps track: “NASA.” Yes, one of Grande’s new songs is named for the U.S. government agency that runs the space...

A Touch of Green in Outer Space

January 30, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Earlier this month, tiny green plants sprouted on the moon. The plants arrived as cotton seeds, tucked inside of Chang’e 4, a Chinese spacecraft that had landed, in a historic first, on the far side of the moon, the side that never turns toward Earth. The seeds came with the...

Trump's Space Ambitions Are Too Big for One President

January 25, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It is not the job of presidents to know the specifics of space exploration and its mind-bending physics, or to contemplate deeply the timescales and technology required for a high-stakes mission to another planet. But usually they have some sense of what’s remotely possible, and of what they’ve asked their...

Trump's Space Ambitions Are Too Big for One President

January 24, 2019 It is not the job of presidents to know the specifics of space exploration and its mind-bending physics, or to contemplate deeply the timescales and technology required for a high-stakes mission to another planet. But usually they have some sense of what’s remotely possible, and of what they’ve asked their...

Don’t Blame the Government Shutdown for SpaceX Delays

January 16, 2019 NASA astronauts haven’t launched to space from the United States in nearly eight years. They’ve gone to space, of course. An American astronaut is up there right now. But they launch from Kazakhstan, at a hulking facility in the middle of the desert, in a Russian capsule, snuggled close to...

The Chill of U.S.-Russia Relations Creeps Into Space

January 14, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On the afternoon of the failed launch, Jim Bridenstine of NASA and Dmitry Rogozin of Roscosmos had only known each other for a few days. Less than one mile from the launchpad, the heads of the American and Russian space agencies watched as the Soyuz system lofted the crew, one...

NASA Hits Its New Year’s Target at the Edge of the Solar System

January 2, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After Pluto was discovered, in 1930, astronomers wondered whether the solar system stopped there. For decades, they peered through their best telescopes, searching for hints of more objects in the darkness. In the early 1990s, when telescope technology became powerful enough, they found one. The object was thousands of times...