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Jason Davis

Digital Editor

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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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Meet NASA's Winning Asteroid Redirect Spacecraft, and the Asteroid It May Visit

Posted 2015/03/25 05:52 CDT | 5 comments

NASA has decided to pluck a small boulder off a large asteroid, instead of bagging an entire asteroid outright, the agency announced Wednesday.

One-Year ISS Mission Preview: 28 Experiments, 4 Expeditions and 2 Crew Members

Posted 2015/03/25 10:13 CDT | 0 comment

This Friday, astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will embark for a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station.

Desert Moon, Narrated by Former Astronaut Mark Kelly, Now Available Online

Posted 2015/03/23 10:00 CDT | 0 comment

Desert Moon, a 35-minute documentary that tells the story of Dr. Gerard Kuiper and the dawn of planetary science, is now available online.

Report: NASA May Be Hard-Pressed to Launch SLS by November 2018

Posted 2015/03/20 12:11 CDT | 2 comments

A report released by NASA’s Office of Inspector General warns that the agency may be hard-pressed to have its Kennedy Space Center launch facilities ready by November 2018.

Launch Pad Animals, Ranked

Posted 2015/03/19 02:37 CDT | 0 comment

A semi-authoritative ranking of creatures that co-inhabit rocket launch sites around the world.

LightSail Featured on CBS Evening News

Posted 2015/03/16 10:02 CDT | 2 comments

The Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft made an appearance on national television Monday night during a two-minute segment by CBS Evening News.

In Pictures: Expedition 42 Crew Returns to Earth

Posted 2015/03/12 07:46 CDT | 0 comment

Three International Space Station crew members are back on Earth today following a morning Soyuz landing on the snowy steppes of Kazakhstan.

NASA and Orbital ATK Complete SLS Booster Test (Updated)

Posted 2015/03/11 11:02 CDT | 1 comment

A blast of fire and smoke lit up the hills of Promontory, Utah this morning as NASA and Orbital ATK completed a test firing of a Space Launch System solid rocket booster.

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