Nicholas Schmidle
Nicholas Schmidle has written for The New Yorker since 2011. His first article for the magazine, “Getting Bin Laden,” was a National Magazine Award finalist. Since then, he has written about a Russian arms trafficker, an antiquarian book forger, a wrongful conviction in Chicago, the former national-security adviser Michael Flynn, and many other subjects. In 2017, he was a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University. Schmidle is the author of “To Live or to Perish Forever: Two Tumultuous Years in Pakistan” and “Test Gods: Virgin Galactic and the Making of a Modern Astronaut.”
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Richard Branson’s Plan to Beat Jeff Bezos to Outer Space
The two billionaires have been duelling for years to make commercial space flights a reality. Now, on Sunday, Branson is going himself.
By Nicholas SchmidleJuly 9, 2021
Slideshow Dept.May 17, 2021 Issue
Telecommuting to Mars
A geologist and an aerospace engineer from NASA, who worked on the Perseverance rover, offer a virtual tour of the planet and discuss the challenges of working on Mars time.
By Nicholas SchmidleMay 8, 2021
London PostcardSeptember 16, 2019 Issue
Bahia Shehab’s Anti-Brexit Street Art
The artist, known for her graffiti during the Arab Spring, takes her spray cans to a London wall to goose Boris Johnson.
By Nicholas SchmidleSeptember 9, 2019
News Desk
How Patrick Shanahan, the New Acting Secretary of Defense, Won Over the White House
The former Boeing executive’s strong business sense, and lack of hardened foreign-policy views, endeared him to those in the Administration.
By Nicholas SchmidleDecember 26, 2018
News Desk
Michael Flynn’s Dramatic Day in Court
A federal judge postponed the former U.S. national-security adviser’s sentencing, but not before citing his own “disgust” for Flynn’s crimes.
By Nicholas SchmidleDecember 18, 2018
Behind the Scenes of Virgin Galactic’s First Space Mission
On Thursday, Mike Stucky fulfilled a lifelong dream of soaring beyond Earth’s atmosphere and into space.
By Nicholas SchmidleDecember 14, 2018
Paul Allen, the Quiet Space Baron
Allen, the Microsoft co-founder, who died this week, was a man of tremendous wealth, accomplishment, and philanthropy. But he regarded the flight of SpaceShipOne as his proudest moment.
By Nicholas SchmidleOctober 18, 2018
A Reporter at LargeAugust 20, 2018 Issue
Virgin Galactic’s Rocket Man
The ace pilot risking his life to fulfill Richard Branson’s billion-dollar quest to make commercial space travel a reality.
By Nicholas SchmidleAugust 13, 2018
World Cup 2018: The Dishonest Hips of Andrés Iniesta
A lone defender charged at Iniesta, a situation that has struck terror in his opponents for more than a decade. El Ilusionista, they call him: the magician.
By Nicholas SchmidleJune 20, 2018
Annals of TechnologyMay 7, 2018 Issue
The Digital Vigilantes Who Hack Back
American companies that fall victim to data breaches want to retaliate against the culprits. But can they do so without breaking the law?
By Nicholas SchmidleApril 30, 2018
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