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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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A Long-Lost NASA Spacecraft Rises From the Dead

February 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rick Burley couldn’t believe what he was reading. The email on his computer screen, forwarded by his former colleague Jim Burch, was from someone named Scott Tilley. Tilley, an amateur astronomer in British Columbia, recently had been searching the skies for a signal from the Zuma satellite, a top-secret government...

No One Met the $20 Million Deadline for a Civilian Moon Mission

January 24, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Google-sponsored competition to reach for the moon has fallen short. More than 10 years after the XPRIZE Foundation announced a contest for proposals to send a robot to the moon, none of the participating teams will meet their deadline. The grand prize for the winner, $20 million provided by...

How the Government Shutdown Disrupted SpaceX's Plans

January 23, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For a few stressful days, the massive rocket that Elon Musk hopes will someday carry humans to the moon and Mars got caught in the crossfire of the government shutdown. After Congress missed a deadline to keep the federal government funded and running Friday night, various facilities around the country...

How the Government Shutdown Disrupted SpaceX's Plans

January 22, 2018 For a few stressful days, the massive rocket that Elon Musk hopes will someday carry humans to the moon and Mars got caught in the crossfire of the government shutdown. After Congress missed a deadline to keep the federal government funded and running Friday night, various facilities around the country...

What Happens to Astronauts During a Government Shutdown?

January 22, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Updated on January 22, 2018 As the wheels of the U.S. government ground to a halt Friday at midnight, thousands of federal employees prepared to face days or weeks without work or pay until their offices reopened. Some employees will continue working through the government shutdown, however, including the three...

What Happens to Astronauts During a Government Shutdown?

January 20, 2018 As the wheels of the U.S. government ground to a halt Friday at midnight, thousands of federal employees prepared to face days or weeks without work or pay until their offices reopened. Some employees will continue working through the government shutdown, however, including the three with the longest commute: NASA...

One Year Later, NASA Still Doesn't Have a New Administrator

January 19, 2018 On Saturday afternoon, NASA will mark an anniversary with little cause for celebration: One year since the Trump administration took office, the space agency still doesn’t have an administrator. This is the longest NASA has gone without a permanent chief—who is nominated by the president and must be confirmed by...

When Will Astronauts Launch From U.S. Soil Again?

January 18, 2018 In 2010, as the United States prepared to wind down the Space Shuttle program that carried Americans into orbit for three decades, NASA asked some commercial companies to start thinking about what came next. The space agency gave them a combined $50 million to design the transportation technologies of the...

When Will Astronauts Launch From U.S. Soil Again?

January 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In 2010, as the United States prepared to wind down the Space Shuttle program that carried Americans into orbit for three decades, NASA asked some commercial companies to start thinking about what came next. The space agency gave them a combined $50 million to design the transportation technologies of the...

A High-Stakes Dress Rehearsal for SpaceX

January 6, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The dress rehearsal is a critical part of any performance. The often nerve-wracking event requires a seamless run-through, a check of every detail, assurances that everyone knows the script by heart. The jitters, oh, the jitters. If you bungle the preparations for opening night, there’s a good chance you’re not...