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Jason Davis

Digital Editor

Jason Davis is a digital editor for The Planetary Society. He covers the Society's 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 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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Thousands of Photos by Apollo Astronauts now on Flickr

Posted 2015/10/02 10:49 CDT | 0 comment

A cache of more than 8,400 unedited, high-resolution photos taken by Apollo astronauts during trips to the moon is now available for viewing and download on Flickr.

Cargo Craft Completes Six-Hour Schlep to ISS

Posted 2015/10/01 05:59 CDT | 0 comment

A Russian cargo craft laden with more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies arrived at the International Space Station today.

LightSail Gets Backup Burn Wire for 2016 Mission

Posted 2015/09/25 04:30 CDT | 1 comment

LightSail's burn wire, the mission-critical component responsible for releasing the spacecraft's solar panels, will get a backup ahead of next year's solar sailing mission.

How to Download Weather Satellite Images from Space

Posted 2015/09/21 10:46 CDT | 2 comments

For less than $50, you can download images from NOAA satellites using your laptop and a small radio antenna.

Orion Enters Fabrication Phase, but Possible Launch Slip Looms

Posted 2015/09/16 03:03 CDT | 0 comment

NASA's Orion spacecraft has officially moved from preliminary design to fabrication, but the agency says the first crewed flight of the vehicle could slip two years, from 2021 to 2023.

Blue Origin to Launch Rockets from Cape Canaveral

Posted 2015/09/16 10:04 CDT | 0 comment

Spaceflight company Blue Origin plans to launch its orbital rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the company revealed Tuesday.

In Pictures: A Partial Solar Eclipse from Space

Posted 2015/09/15 10:06 CDT | 0 comment

Two sun-observing spacecraft in Earth orbit captured images of a partial solar eclipse Sunday morning.

Veteran Spacefarer, 2 Rookies Return to Earth

Posted 2015/09/12 08:58 CDT | 1 comment

A three-person crew commanded by humanity's most experienced space traveler is back on Earth today.

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