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.
Latest Blog Posts
Posted 2015/06/28 09:48 CDT | 5 comments
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket broke apart over the Atlantic Ocean during today's flight to the International Space Station.
Posted 2015/06/25 02:13 CDT | 3 comments
SpaceX is gearing up for its seventh paid cargo run to the International Space Station, and the third attempt to catch the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in the ocean.
Posted 2015/06/22 04:04 CDT | 1 comment
At Kennedy Space Center, NASA's ground systems program prepares for the first flight of the Space Launch System in 2018.
Posted 2015/06/10 10:00 CDT | 3 comments
With the team still trying to download an image from LightSail's second camera, Emily Lakdawalla processed a partial image from the first camera that contains a slice of Earth.
Posted 2015/06/09 01:15 CDT | 22 comments
The Planetary Society’s LightSail test mission successfully completed its primary objective of deploying a solar sail in low-Earth orbit.