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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.
Emerging Tech

Jeff Bezos Needs NASA to Listen to Him

NASA picked SpaceX to build its lunar lander, but the Amazon billionaire really, really wants the job too.

CIO Briefing

The Day the Space Station Lurched

A recent arrival at the International Space Station created a little too much excitement.

Emerging Tech

Richard Branson Pulled It Off

One space billionaire has now made it to space and back. Jeff Bezos is next.

Emerging Tech

Jeff Bezos Has Reached His Final Form

The Amazon billionaire is going to fly to space this year. So might Richard Branson. Has anyone checked with Elon Musk?

Emerging Tech

Elon Musk Is Maybe, Actually, Strangely, Going to Do This Mars Thing

From his private Cape Canaveral, the billionaire is manifesting his own interplanetary reality—whatever it costs.

Emerging Tech

The World’s Richest Men Are Brawling Over the Moon

NASA gave Elon Musk’s SpaceX a coveted contract for a lunar mission. Jeff Bezos plans to fight for it

CIO Briefing

The Thorniest Subject at NASA Right Now

The space agency is carefully following pandemic measures. Elon Musk thinks they’re overblown. But both are going to the moon together.

CIO Briefing

How Christina Koch Could Become a Spaceflight Legend

One of the astronauts in NASA’s current corps could be the first in a generation to walk on the moon—or the first to walk on Mars.

CIO Briefing

The Legacy of a Hidden Figure

The stories of black women at the space agency were once buried so deep that it felt like a revelation when they were brought to light.

IT Modernization

NASA Will Only Tolerate So Much Danger

An investigation into what really went wrong with Boeing's last space mission turned up serious issues.

Emerging Tech

The Night Sky Will Never Be the Same

Elon Musk’s plan for worldwide internet has sent bright artificial, lights streaking through the dark.

Emerging Tech

A Graveyard of Giant Spacecraft Spins Through Space

After observatories retire, they can still spend hundreds, even millions, of years trailing the Earth.

Emerging Tech

The Next Big Customer Experience From Jeff Bezos

His space company, Blue Origin, is on the verge of sending tourists just past the boundary of Earth.

Ideas

The False Promise of Morning Routines

Why everyone’s mornings seem more productive than yours.

Emerging Tech

NASA Hands Elon Musk a Reality Check

A shared effort to deliver NASA astronauts to space recently got a little awkward.

Emerging Tech

The Great NASA Bake-Off

High-tech agriculture would keep far-flung astronauts alive, but making something delicious would keep them happy.

Emerging Tech

A Startling Spike on Mars

Methane gas is a potential indicator of life on the red planet, but it’s proving difficult to track.

Emerging Tech

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.

CIO Briefing

What If We Gave Up on the Stars?

The night sky is already dotted with shiny satellites and other artificial lights. One day, maybe that’s all there will be.