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Jason Davis

Digital Editor

jason.davis@planetary.org
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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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Surveyor Digitization Project Will Bring Thousands of Unseen Lunar Images to Light

Posted 2014/10/24 02:03 CDT | 1 comment

A team of scientists at the University of Arizona plan to digitize 87,000 vintage images from the surface of the moon, of which less than two percent have ever been seen.

When Good Rockets Go Bad: Orion's Launch Abort System

Posted 2014/10/20 01:30 CDT | 8 comments

One of the tricky parts of launching humans into space is deciding what to do if something goes wrong. And that's where Orion's Launch Abort System comes in.

As Deadlines Loom, LightSail Bends but Doesn't Break

Posted 2014/10/15 09:49 CDT | 5 comments

The Planetary Society's LightSail-A spacecraft is close to completing a final series of tests that pave the way for a possible 2015 test flight. But as deadlines loom, a new problem has sent the team scrambling to make a quick repair.

JPL Releases a Big, Bold Website Redesign

Posted 2014/10/09 06:37 CDT | 2 comments

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory released a major overhaul of its website. Here's a closer look.

Orion's Ride to Space is at the Launch Site. Why So Early?

Posted 2014/10/03 03:28 CDT | 9 comments

On Tuesday, Orion's massive Delta IV Heavy rocket rolled from its Horizontal Integration Facility out to the launch site. Launch is still eight weeks away. Why so early?

More LightSail Day-in-the-Life Multimedia, and a Community Image Processing Challenge

Posted 2014/09/30 01:07 CDT | 2 comments

We have more multimedia from LightSail's day-in-the-life test, as well as a request for some community image processing help.

In Pictures: A Busy Week at the International Space Station

Posted 2014/09/26 05:29 CDT | 0 comment

This week, the International Space Station received a new crew and a welcomed a SpaceX Dragon cargo vehicle. Here are a few photo highlights.

LightSail Sails through Day-in-the-Life Test

Posted 2014/09/24 03:49 CDT | 3 comments

The Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft passed a major system test in which its solar sails were deployed for the first time in two years.

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