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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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LightSail Update: All Systems Nominal

Posted 2015/05/21 02:33 CDT | 2 comments

It's been 24 hours since The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft was deposited into space yesterday afternoon. All systems continue to look healthy.

LightSail Sends First Data Back to Earth

Posted 2015/05/20 06:19 CDT | 10 comments

LightSail is sending home telemetry following a Wednesday commute to orbit aboard an Atlas V rocket.

Liftoff! LightSail Sails into Space aboard Atlas V Rocket

Posted 2015/05/20 10:44 CDT | 4 comments

The first of The Planetary Society’s two LightSail spacecraft is now in space following a late morning launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

In Pictures: LightSail’s Rocket Rolls to the Launch Pad

Posted 2015/05/19 12:39 CDT | 3 comments

Pictures of The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft rollout to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 41.

Timeline: LightSail's First Day in Space

Posted 2015/05/19 04:01 CDT | 1 comment

It's the day before launch at Cape Canaveral. Here's a timeline of events for LightSail's first day in space.

LightSail Launch Countdown: Ready for Rollout

Posted 2015/05/18 04:01 CDT | 0 comment

It’s launch week in Cape Canaveral, Florida, where The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft is buttoned up for flight aboard an Atlas V rocket. Liftoff is scheduled Wednesday sometime between 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. EDT.

In Pictures: LightSail, Meet X-37B

Posted 2015/05/08 04:13 CDT | 1 comment

United Launch Alliance has released photos showing the Air Force's X-37B spaceplane being stacked on its Atlas V at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

What Images Will We Get Back from the LightSail Test Mission?

Posted 2015/05/08 10:18 CDT | 3 comments

With less than two weeks before launch, here's an in-depth look at whether the LightSail test mission's attitude control system bug will keep us from seeing pretty pictures taken by the spacecraft.

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