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Jason Davis

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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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Space in transition: How Obama's White House charted a new course for NASA

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.

Russia may lower its ISS crew complement from three to two

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.

Back to school: LightSail 2 and Prox-1 provide unique experience for university students

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.

‘Apollo on steroids’: The rise and fall of NASA’s Constellation moon program

Posted 2016/08/01 07:53 CDT | 18 comments

In part 2 of our series on the evolution of NASA's Journey to Mars, Michael Griffin gives the Constellation moon program a new look in an attempt to shorten America's International Space Station access gap after the space shuttles retire. But by 2009, the program is behind schedule and over budget.

Multimedia recap: Two launches, a landing, a docking, and a berthing

Posted 2016/07/20 12:35 CDT | 0 comment

Four days of cargo craft mania came to a close at the International Space Station this morning, as astronauts Kate Rubins and Jeff Williams snagged an approaching SpaceX Dragon vehicle and berthed it to the laboratory's Harmony module.

Horizon Goal: A new reporting series on NASA’s Journey to Mars

Posted 2016/07/18 07:03 CDT | 1 comment

We're embarking on a multi-part series with the Huffington Post about the world's largest human spaceflight program. In part 1, we look at how the Columbia accident prompted NASA and the George W. Bush administration to create a new vision for space exploration.

Mars 2020 rover rolls into final design and fabrication phase

Posted 2016/07/15 06:16 CDT | 9 comments

NASA's next Mars rover is rolling off the drawing board and into its final design and fabrication phase, the agency announced today, during a televised event at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory that highlighted some of the mission's technology.

Cargo craft mania! A quick guide to four days of Dragon and Progress at the ISS

Posted 2016/07/15 11:33 CDT | 0 comment

Two cargo spacecraft are heading to the International Space Station as part of a choreographed, four-day dance that begins this weekend. Here's a quick guide.

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