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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.
CIO Briefing

Who Should Pay for the Mistakes on NASA’s Next Big Telescope?

The space agency has always coughed up the extra cash, but some politicians wonder if the contractor responsible for major errors should pitch in.

Emerging Tech

The Elon Musk Impersonators of the Internet

For cryptocurrency scammers, imitation is the sincerest form of fraud.

Emerging Tech

Another Shocking Delay for NASA’s Next Big Telescope

If the James Webb Space Telescope wants to get off the ground, it will need a blessing—and more money—from Congress.

Emerging Tech

When a Mars Simulation Goes Wrong

A recent mission atop a Hawaiian volcano shows humans still have much to learn before they set foot on another world.

CIO Briefing

The Most Honest Out-of-Office Message

What if you deleted all your emails during vacation and never looked back?

CIO Briefing

What Should We Do About the International Space Station?

The Trump administration and Congress are set to collide over the fate of the massive orbital lab.

Emerging Tech

The Mystery of the ‘SpaceBees’ Just Got Even Weirder

As the government investigates an unauthorized satellite launch, amateur trackers are watching the skies for clues.

Policy

Congress Is Quietly Nudging NASA to Look for Aliens

The space agency hasn't funded the search for extraterrestrial intelligence for 25 years. Could that soon change?

Emerging Tech

Are We There Yet?

How scientists and engineers handle a spacecraft’s months-long journey to Mars.

CIO Briefing

NASA Finally Gets a New Leader

Nearly 15 months after President Trump was sworn in, the space agency has a permanent administrator.

CIO Briefing

Why Is NASA's Space Telescope Running a Year Behind?

The James Webb will launch in 2020 instead of next year—and it will probably need more money from Congress to do it.

CIO Briefing

Who's Running NASA?

An interim administrator has been overseeing the space agency for more than 13 months—and now he’s leaving, too.

Emerging Tech

How Well Does Trump Understand NASA?

As he praised the work of SpaceX, the president seemed to undermine the efforts of his own space agency.

CIO Briefing

NASA’s Next Space Telescope Is Running Out of Time

The James Webb, Hubble’s successor, may face more delays and even exceed its budget, according to a new government report.

CIO Briefing

The NASA Space Telescope Trump Wants to Cancel

The president’s budget proposal has some troubling news for the space agency’s next big astronomy mission.

Emerging Tech

The Symbolism of Elon Musk Sending a Car Into Space

The decision to launch a Tesla into an orbit around the sun marks yet another shift in American spaceflight business.

Emerging Tech

A Long-Lost NASA Spacecraft Rises From the Dead

After 13 years of silence, scientists hear a mission calling home.

Emerging Tech

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

The prize for a Google-sponsored competition to send spacecraft to the lunar surface will now go unclaimed.

CIO Briefing

How the Government Shutdown Disrupted SpaceX's Plans

The government shutdown shows just how much budget fights in Washington could derail Elon Musk’s rocket ambitions.