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Jason Davis

Digital Editor

Jason Davis is a digital editor for The Planetary Society. He covers the Society's LightSail program. 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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Kate Rubins, NASA's DNA sequencing scientist, returning to Earth

Posted 2016/10/28 06:04 CDT | 0 comment

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins is returning to Earth from the International Space Station. During her mission, she became the first person to sequence DNA in space.

Remembering Ewen Whitaker, the "careful and caring" scientist who found Surveyors 1 and 3

Posted 2016/10/21 06:02 CDT | 2 comments

Ewen Whitaker was one of the founding members of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, one of the world's first research institutions dedicated to studying the moon and planets.

How should America feel about China's space ambitions?

Posted 2016/10/14 06:00 CDT | 16 comments

China is sending two astronauts on a month-long mission to the country's new space station. What are China's long-term space goals? Does the narrative of a space race between the U.S. and China fit? If so, what happens if America loses?

To the moon, via the space station? A Q&A with Orbital ATK

Posted 2016/10/13 06:00 CDT | 4 comments

Two years after a devastating explosion, Orbital ATK is set to return its Antares rocket to flight. The commercial spaceflight company discusses its upgraded launcher, Cygnus supply spacecraft, and future ambitions, which include cislunar space.

LightSail 2 update roundup: Testing, delivery and a new animation in the works

Posted 2016/10/07 06:01 CDT | 1 comment

LightSail 2 and Prox-1 are expected to meet for integration by the end of the year. Here's an update roundup, including a sneak peek of new animations and the abstract from a recently accepted paper on the spacecraft's attitude control system.

To Mars, with a monster rocket: How politicians and engineers created NASA's Space Launch System

Posted 2016/10/03 06:00 CDT | 10 comments

NASA is building a giant rocket called the Space Launch System to send humans to Mars. In part 4 of our Horizon Goal series, we recap the messy tangle of politics and engineering that led to the vehicle's creation in 2011.

A million people in 40 to 100 years: SpaceX unveils plan to colonize Mars

Posted 2016/09/27 10:46 CDT | 12 comments

After much anticipation, Elon Musk revealed his plans to colonize Mars. Here are the details, some questions yet to be answered, and a few thoughts on how this could change the way we think about human spaceflight.

Five things we learned from our #RocketRoadTrip

Posted 2016/09/21 06:02 CDT | 3 comments

We're back from our #RocketRoadTrip through four states with NASA field centers involved in the agency's Journey to Mars program. We'll be sorting through our material for quite some time, but meanwhile, here are five key things we learned.

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