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Jason Davis

Digital Editor

Jason Davis is a digital editor for The Planetary Society. He covers the Society's 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 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 and daughter Marian. Space and family occupy most of his time, but he also enjoys following Pittsburgh Pirates baseball.

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In Pictures: LightSail Cameras Prepped for Flight

Posted 2015/11/25 01:13 CST | 0 comment

LightSail's flight cameras are being prepped for installation after receiving a software upgrade and checkout from their manufacturer.

Blue Origin Lands Spent Suborbital Rocket Stage in Texas

Posted 2015/11/24 10:24 CST | 4 comments

Secretive spaceflight company Blue Origin flew its New Shepard launch vehicle to the edge of space, deployed a suborbital spacecraft and returned the spent booster rocket to Earth for an upright landing.

NASA Orders First Official SpaceX Crew Flight to ISS

Posted 2015/11/23 05:13 CST | 4 comments

NASA placed its first official order for a SpaceX Crew Dragon to carry astronauts to the International Space Station, the agency announced Friday.

Surveyor Digitization Project Hints at Long-Lost Lunar Treasures

Posted 2015/11/23 10:36 CST | 7 comments

A project to digitize more than 90,000 images taken by NASA’s five Surveyor spacecraft in the 1960s has revealed early hints of never-before-seen treasures captured by America’s first robotic lunar landers.

United Launch Alliance Unveils New CubeSat Carrier Program

Posted 2015/11/19 01:14 CST | 0 comment

United Launch Alliance plans to include a CubeSat carrier on nearly every one of its Atlas V and Vulcan rockets starting in 2017, the company announced today.

At NASA's Johnson Space Center, Preparing for the Future of Human Spaceflight

Posted 2015/11/18 12:00 CST | 1 comment

As NASA kicks off a multi-decadal effort to send humans to Mars, the agency's traditional human spaceflight centers have had to adapt to new challenges—often more programmatic than technical.

SpaceX Completes Crew Dragon Propulsion System Development Testing

Posted 2015/11/11 12:21 CST | 0 comment

SpaceX has completed development testing on its SuperDraco propulsion system, used to propel the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft away from a Falcon rocket in the event of a launch failure.

In Pictures: Orion, SLS Hardware on the Move

Posted 2015/11/06 11:53 CST | 0 comment

November is shaping up to be a busy month for Orion and Space Launch System hardware. A human-rated flight engine is in the test stand at Stennis Space Center, and a version of Orion's service module is getting ready to cross the Atlantic.

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