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.
Latest Blog Posts
Posted 2016/09/21 06:02 CDT | 1 comment
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.
Posted 2016/09/08 08:56 CDT | 5 comments
NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is safely en route to asteroid Bennu following an evening liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Posted 2016/09/07 12:24 CDT | 7 comments
OSIRIS-REx is ready to begin its journey to Bennu and back. The asteroid was named by a Planetary Society contest winner, and the spacecraft bears the names of 440,000 well-wishers.
Posted 2016/09/02 06:02 CDT | 0 comment
From September 6-16, The Planetary Society is visiting four NASA centers focused predominantly on the agency’s Journey to Mars program. Follow us on social media with the hashtag #RocketRoadTrip.
Posted 2016/09/01 10:32 CDT | 15 comments
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral this morning. Here's what we know and don't know.
Posted 2016/08/22 06:04 CDT | 7 comments
Our Horizon Goal series on NASA's human spaceflight program continues with part 3, in which newly elected President Barack Obama and his transition team search for a NASA administrator, commission a review of the Constellation program and decide whether to extend the life of the ISS.
Posted 2016/08/15 11:08 CDT | 2 comments
A Russian newspaper report, confirmed today by NASA, says Roscosmos may lower its ISS cosmonaut complement from three to two.
Posted 2016/08/08 06:00 CDT | 0 comment
From Cal Poly to Georgia Tech, university students working on SmallSat projects gain critical real-world spaceflight experience, preparing them for promising careers in the space industry.