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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.
Marina Koren is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic. She was previously the news editor at National Journal.
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The Fraught Effort to Return to the Moon

NASA wants to put people back on the lunar surface in 2024, but it doesn’t have the budget.

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The Moment That Made Neil Armstrong’s Heart Rate Spike

Real-time data from the Apollo 11 astronauts, carefully monitored by Mission Control, capture the frenzied maneuvers that put men on the moon.

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NASA Will Go Looking for Alien Life

The agency plans to launch a spacecraft to Titan, a moon of Saturn with some crucial ingredients for habitability.

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A Robot Has Been Stuck on Mars for Months

NASA will conduct a delicate rescue mission to free a probe trapped just inches below the Red Planet’s surface.

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The New Hunt for Moon Money

The Trump administration has asked Congress for more funding to meet a very ambitious deadline.

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Even Astronauts Binge-Watch TV While in Space

In a cramped and isolated environment like a space station, leisure activities are extra important for maintaining mental health.

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The Navy Wants Pilots to Report Strange Sightings in the Sky, But Not As 'UFOs'

The Navy knows the reports may seem odd, but they want to collect the data.

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NASA Could Go to the Moon Next Year

The agency is willing to ditch its own billion-dollar rocket in favor of a commercial one, to meet a very tight deadline.

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The NASA Decision Russia Didn’t Like

The International Space Station partners had differing opinions about a pivotal U.S. launch.

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NASA Is Rushing to the Moon

In the agency’s most ambitious dreams, it will be testing moon-landing systems within the next five years.

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Rosalind, a New Mars Rover, Is in Rare Company

The cosmos is crowded with the names of men, but a 2020 mission will make the balance a little less lopsided.

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NASA Declares a Beloved Mars Mission Over

The space agency will stop trying to contact the Opportunity rover, which was sent to Mars to search for evidence of water.

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Trump's Space Ambitions Are Too Big for One President

The reality of space travel squashed his impulsive desire to reach Mars in his first term, rather than the 2030s.

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Don’t Blame the Government Shutdown for SpaceX Delays

The impasse in Washington hasn’t yet threatened a significant milestone in the American space program.

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NASA Administrator on Elon Musk: ‘That Was Not Appropriate Behavior’

Jim Bridenstine recently told the SpaceX founder he doesn’t want NASA contractors engaging in questionable behavior.

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If Everyone Left the International Space Station

For the first time in 18 years, a launch failure presented an unsettling possibility.

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Trump's Space Force Faces an Uncertain Fate

Congressional lawmakers, including Republicans, were skeptical of the idea long before the midterms.