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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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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...

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...

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...