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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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Latest Blog Posts

In Pictures: Expedition 42 Crew Launches to Station

Posted 2014/11/24 01:48 CST | 0 comment

Three more humans are in space today following the launch of Soyuz TMA-15M from the chilly steppes of Kazakhstan.

How NASA Plans to Land Humans on Mars

Posted 2014/11/20 04:04 CST | 0 comment

On the surface, NASA's humans to Mars plans seem vague and disjointed. But that's because the agency is playing the long game. Right now, it may be the only game they can play.

With New Horizons Ready to Wake Up, Scientists Prepare for Pluto Encounter

Posted 2014/11/14 03:08 CST | 2 comments

When New Horizons wakes up for the final time on Dec. 6, scientists will spend six weeks preparing for the start of the spacecraft's Pluto encounter.

LightSail Gets Burn Wire Redesign for Round 2 of Vibration Tests

Posted 2014/11/13 04:51 CST | 7 comments

The Planetary Society's LightSail-A spacecraft is less than three weeks away from an expected go/no-go decision on whether the CubeSat will be launched into space for a shakedown cruise next year.

In Pictures: Expedition 41 Crew Returns to Earth

Posted 2014/11/10 09:33 CST | 0 comment

The crew of Expedition 41 is safely back on Earth following a 165-day stay aboard the International Space Station.

An Early Preview of Orion's Maiden Voyage

Posted 2014/11/07 11:24 CST | 4 comments

NASA's Orion spacecraft is just four weeks away from its first test flight. Here's an early preview of the mission.

TPS at DPS: A Screening of Desert Moon, Advocacy with Casey Dreier, and a Sagan Lecture

Posted 2014/11/06 04:00 CST | 3 comments

The Planetary Society will be well-represented at next week's Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Tucson, Ariz.

SpaceShipTwo Feathering System Prematurely Deployed before Fatal Breakup

Posted 2014/11/03 11:33 CST | 1 comment

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo disintegrated shortly after the space plane's tail stabilizers prematurely deployed, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Latest Planetary Radio Appearance

Planetary Radio Live: The LightSail Countdown Begins!

07/15/2014 | 28:50
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LightSail, the Planetary Society’s innovative solar sail cubesat, will ride into space on the huge SpaceX Falcon Heavy, now in development. Bill Nye and others join us for a live celebration of this announcement.

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Latest Blog Posts

In Pictures: Expedition 42 Crew Launches to Station

Posted 2014/11/24 01:48 CST | 0 comment

Three more humans are in space today following the launch of Soyuz TMA-15M from the chilly steppes of Kazakhstan.

How NASA Plans to Land Humans on Mars

Posted 2014/11/20 04:04 CST | 0 comment

On the surface, NASA's humans to Mars plans seem vague and disjointed. But that's because the agency is playing the long game. Right now, it may be the only game they can play.

With New Horizons Ready to Wake Up, Scientists Prepare for Pluto Encounter

Posted 2014/11/14 03:08 CST | 2 comments

When New Horizons wakes up for the final time on Dec. 6, scientists will spend six weeks preparing for the start of the spacecraft's Pluto encounter.

Older blog posts »

Latest Processed Space Images

Falcon 9 loses an engine

Falcon 9 loses an engine

Posted 2012/10/08 | 0 comments

In this animation from SpaceX's CRS-1 flight, the top-right engine (number one) is engulfed in an orange flash, just before several pieces of debris fall from the Falcon 9.

Daphnis cruises through the Keeler Gap

Daphnis cruises through the Keeler Gap

Posted 2012/08/16 | 0 comments

Saturn's moon Daphnis cruises through the Keeler Gap in this series of images taken by the Cassini spacecraft. The moon's gravity tugs on the surrounding ring material, creating ripples.

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