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Jason Davis is a digital editor for The Planetary Society. He writes about the world's space exploration missions and the Society's science and technology projects.

LightSail 2 Marks 1 Month of Solar Sailing

Jason Davis • August 23, 2019

LightSail 2's orbital high point around the Earth has raised by 7.2 kilometers, without any conventional fuel.

Mars 2020 Rover almost Assembled

Jason Davis • August 22, 2019

Last week, technicians installed the carousel that holds the tools and drill bits that will be used to collect samples for future return to Earth.

Chandrayaan-2 Enters Lunar Orbit

Jason Davis • August 20, 2019

The combination lander, rover, and orbiter fired its main engine to enter orbit around the Moon at 09:02 IST (03:32 UTC) on 20 August.

OSIRIS-REx Team Picks 4 Candidate Sample Sites on Asteroid Bennu

Jason Davis • August 15, 2019 • 1

The sites each have unique characteristics that would advance the field of asteroid science.

How to See LightSail 2 in the Night Sky

Jason Davis • August 14, 2019 • 5

If your latitude is within 42 degrees of the equator, there's a chance you may be able to spot LightSail 2's reflective solar sail.

Chandrayaan-2 Headed for Lunar Orbit

Jason Davis • August 13, 2019

At 02:21 IST (20:51 UTC), the spacecraft fired its main engine, changing its orbit to intersect with the Moon.

Hayabusa2 Nailed its Second Touchdown on Asteroid Ryugu

Jason Davis • August 12, 2019

JAXA's sample collection spacecraft touched down just 60 centimeters away from its aimpoint.

LightSail 2 Nears 2 Weeks of Solar Sailing

Jason Davis • August 06, 2019 • 4

The high point of the spacecraft's orbit around the Earth on Monday was 729 kilometers, an increase of 3.2 kilometers since sail deployment.

LightSail 2 Spacecraft Successfully Demonstrates Flight by Light

Jason Davis • July 31, 2019 • 17

In the past 4 days, the spacecraft has raised its orbital high point, or apogee, by about 2 kilometers.

LightSail 2 Successfully Deploys Solar Sail

Jason Davis • July 24, 2019 • 7

Images from The Planetary Society's spacecraft confirm the solar sails deployed on 23 July 2019 at 11:47 PDT (18:47 UTC).

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