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Jason Davis

Digital Editor

jason.davis@planetary.org
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Jason Davis is a digital editor for The Planetary Society. He covers the Society's science and technology projects, including the LightSail mission. He also reports on human and commercial spaceflight. 

Davis holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Arizona, where he specialized in science writing and digital publications. He was a NASA Space Grant graduate fellow, and produced a 35-minute documentary film called Desert Moon. The film is narrated by former astronaut Mark Kelly. It examines planetary scientist Gerard Kuiper and the origins of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, as well as the lab's contributions to the Apollo moon landings.

He grew up in the small city of Fairmont, West Virginia. His interest in spaceflight dates back to 1988, when he watched space shuttle Discovery's STS-26 return-to-flight mission following the Challenger accident. He recalls playing a videocassette of the launch over and over, memorizing countdown and ascent procedures. He was a student in West Virginia University's mechanical and aerospace engineering program, before changing majors to graduate with a bachelor's degree in management of information technology.

Davis worked as an IT consultant for several years in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, Illinois. In 2011, he created a spaceflight blog called Astrosaurus, and began writing about human spaceflight for The Planetary Society. He entered graduate school at the University of Arizona School of Journalism in 2012. There, he specialized in science writing and digital media, and published astronomy and planetary science stories in the Arizona Daily Star and Green Valley News. He was also the creator and editor of two interactive iPad magazines, Scientific Tucsonan and SkyView

Davis lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his wife Jessica, his daughter Marian, and an orange cat named Ned. Space and family occupy most of his time, but he also enjoys following Pittsburgh Pirates baseball.

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Video: Ride along with Orion as It Plummets Back to Earth

Posted 2014/12/19 05:53 CST | 0 comment

A new NASA video provides an astronaut's-eye video of the final ten minutes of Orion's test flight.

NASA Delays Asteroid Redirect Mission Concept Selection until 2015

Posted 2014/12/17 05:35 CST | 1 comment

NASA's efforts to capture a near-Earth asteroid and tow it back to lunar orbit will have to wait a little bit longer for a final mission concept.

SpaceX to Attempt First-Ever Ocean Barge Rocket Landing

Posted 2014/12/17 12:20 CST | 1 comment

Early next year, SpaceX will attempt what no agency or company has done before: land a used rocket stage on a floating ocean platform.

LightSail Completes Testing, Announcement Expected in January

Posted 2014/12/12 10:19 CST | 0 comment

The Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft successfully completed testing to prepare it for a possible 2015 test flight.

First Look Photographs of Orion's Return to Dry Land

Posted 2014/12/09 10:41 CST | 1 comment

NASA's Orion spacecraft is back on dry land following its offloading from the USS Anchorage late Monday night. Here are some selected photographs by Kevin Baird.

Orion Returns to Earth after Successful Test Flight

Posted 2014/12/05 07:46 CST | 0 comment

NASA’s Orion spacecraft returned safely to Earth this morning after what looked like a flawless four hour, 24-minute test flight.

In Pictures: Orion's Scrub, from the Vehicle Assembly Building

Posted 2014/12/04 12:27 CST | 0 comment

Here are some scenes from launch day, shot from the unique perspective of the Vehicle Assembly Building.

Orion Scrub Report: Sticky Hydrogen Valves

Posted 2014/12/04 12:13 CST | 0 comment

Windy weather and stuck liquid hydrogen valves forced a one-day delay of the maiden voyage of NASA’s Orion spacecraft.

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