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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 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...

What SpaceX's Record-Breaking Year Means for Science (and the Rocketry Business)

December 27, 2017 The year 2017 has turned out to be a good one for rocket science in the United States. American companies made 29 successful rocket launches into orbit, the highest figure since 1999, which saw 31 launches, according to a comprehensive database maintained by Gunter Krebs, a spaceflight historian in Germany....

Everything You Never Thought to Ask About Astronaut Food

December 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Days before his return to Earth in 2008, NASA astronaut Daniel Tani toldreporters he couldn’t wait to do something very ordinary after spending four months in space. “I’m looking forward to putting food on a plate and eating several things at once, which you can’t do up here,” Tani said....

Everything You Never Thought to Ask About Astronaut Food

December 15, 2017 Days before his return to Earth in 2008, NASA astronaut Daniel Tani toldreporters he couldn’t wait to do something very ordinary after spending four months in space. “I’m looking forward to putting food on a plate and eating several things at once, which you can’t do up here,” Tani said....

The Microbes Making Themselves at Home on the Space Station

December 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While dozens of people have lived there over the years—including six right now—the International Space Station is unlike any other home. Its residents sleep zipped into bags tethered to the wall so they don’t float away. They pee into a plastic hose that suctions urine into a processor and then...