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Jason Davis' blogs from 2018

Japan's asteroid hoppers deliver new batch of incredible images

Jason Davis • September 27, 2018

Pics of Ryugu's surface show loose piles of gravel strewn with larger rocks and boulders.

'Everything about this flyby is tougher': New Horizons just over 100 days from Ultima Thule

Jason Davis • September 19, 2018

On Jan. 1, NASA's New Horizons will perform a high-risk, high-reward flyby of an ancient world on the outskirts of the solar system.

New report explores threat from near-Earth asteroids

Jason Davis • June 20, 2018

How dangerous are near-Earth asteroids, and what will we do if we find one headed toward Earth?

Rotatin' Ryugu!

Jason Davis • June 18, 2018

Hayabusa2 continues to approach asteroid Ryugu, revealing the 900-meter-wide world in all its glory.

Chinese satellite snags new views of Earth from lunar orbit

Jason Davis • June 14, 2018

See the world through the eyes of Longjiang-2.

Meet MMX, Japan's sample return mission to Phobos

Jason Davis • June 11, 2018

NASA is providing an instrument for the mission, which will try to uncover the origins of Phobos and Deimos.

A WIYN-win partnership

Jason Davis • June 04, 2018

NASA and the National Science Foundation are teaming up to observe exoplanets discovered by Kepler and TESS.

Funpost! Space beer face-off

Jason Davis • May 31, 2018

Please Funpost! responsibly.

Cygnus cargo craft will test ability to boost and deorbit the International Space Station

Jason Davis • May 25, 2018

NASA and Orbital ATK are planning a one-minute test burn before Cygnus leaves the station.

Funpost! Audio diaries from simulated Mars

Jason Davis • May 24, 2018

The Habitat is a new podcast about a year-long HI-SEAS mission in Hawaii.

The curious case of the Apollo 4 Earth images

Jason Davis • May 23, 2018

Revisiting images of Earth taken from the uncrewed Apollo 4 command module in 1967.

Funpost! We both began to giggle like school children

Jason Davis • May 17, 2018

NASA astronaut Scott Tingle describes his first rocket launch.

Is NASA painting itself into a corner with its ISS transition plans?

Jason Davis • May 16, 2018

By 2025, NASA wants to create a new humans-in-LEO market, and then become the non-primary customer for that new market.

LightSail 2 launch slips to Fall

Jason Davis • May 11, 2018

The second flight of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket is now scheduled for no earlier than October 30, 2018.

Funpost! Someone is stealing the Enterprise

Jason Davis • May 10, 2018

An appreciation for a scene from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

A brief history of Resource Prospector, NASA's cancelled lunar mission

Jason Davis • May 03, 2018

The mission survived NASA's Journey to Mars era, only to be axed once short-term goals shifted back to the Moon.

Funpost! Let's listen to some Russian space jams

Jason Davis • May 03, 2018

Two ISS cosmonauts remind us that feelin' it is not a crime.

Funpost! I do solemnly swear

Jason Davis • April 26, 2018

A far-from-comprehensive look at the oath of office.

Pew pew! Lasers will help determine where LightSail 2 is

Jason Davis • April 25, 2018

The International Laser Ranging Service, or ILRS, will lend its services to the LightSail 2 mission.

Funpost! Can you name a space vehicle for each letter of the alphabet?

Jason Davis • April 19, 2018

There are NASA choices for all letters except Y and Z; for those two, you'll need to go international.

Recap: Breakthrough Discuss 2018

Jason Davis • April 18, 2018

If you had a spaceship and could take it anywhere in the solar system to search for life, where would you go?

Funpost! A funny thing happened on the way to the Moon

Jason Davis • April 12, 2018

A few ripping good yarns from 1969. And a truly terrifying cartoon.

Preview: NASA's TESS prepares for 2-year exoplanet hunting mission

Jason Davis • April 09, 2018

The spacecraft is expected to discover 50 new Earth-sized planets and as many as 500 planets smaller than twice the size of Earth.

Funpost! A milk commercial in space

Jason Davis • April 05, 2018

That time the Russians filmed a milk commercial aboard the Mir space station.

Thursday Funpost! Excerpts from the new book Rocket Billionaires

Jason Davis • March 29, 2018

Did you know NASA required SpaceX to carry life insurance for Elon Musk?

How the heck did NASA (and science) get such a good 2018 budget?

Jason Davis • March 28, 2018

Congress outright rejected most of the Trump administration's controversial science cuts.

Funpost! The transportation of humans to foreign planets

Jason Davis • March 22, 2018

For this week's Funpost, Jason answers 11 questions about humans exploring Mars.

Book Review: The Space Barons

Jason Davis • March 21, 2018

A new book focuses on the eccentric leaders of SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic.

LightSail 2 doubles the fun with double integrations

Jason Davis • March 20, 2018

LightSail 2 is integrated in Prox-1! It's another important step toward launch day.

Throwback Thursday Funpost! That time I created work for the ISS crew

Jason Davis • March 15, 2018

An important American flag is lost and found aboard the International Space Station.

If you come at the Space Launch System, you best not miss

Jason Davis • March 09, 2018

Getting NASA out of the rocket business is more complicated than you think.

Throwback Thursday Funpost! A spacewalk in deep space

Jason Davis • March 08, 2018

Only three humans have ever been on a spacewalk in the void between the Earth and Moon.

LightSail 2 launch update

Jason Davis • March 02, 2018

The Planetary Society's solar sailing CubeSat is scheduled to head to space during a 60-day period starting on June 13.

NASA has a Moon landing plan—sort of

Jason Davis • March 01, 2018

It's a gradual, stepped approach, envisioning human spaceflight, planetary science, and commercial partners all working together.

Some snark (and details!) about NASA's proposed lunar space station

Jason Davis • February 26, 2018

So long, Deep Space Gateway. You've been replaced with the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway.

Goodbye, ISS. Hello, private space stations?

Jason Davis • February 20, 2018

The International Space Station may go away in 2025. Will private space stations be ready to fill the gap?

Simulating Mars in the Middle East

Jason Davis • February 15, 2018

The Austrian Space Forum is leading a four-week Mars mission in Oman's Dhofar Desert.

Here are some takeaways from today's NASA budget proposal

Jason Davis • February 12, 2018

The White House's budget proposes $19.9 billion for NASA.

Falcon Heavy launches successfully!

Jason Davis • February 06, 2018

SpaceX is now the proud owner of the world's most powerful operational rocket.

Reporter's notebook: 'Twas the night before Falcon Heavy

Jason Davis • February 05, 2018

We're now less than a day away from SpaceX's Falcon Heavy test flight! Here's a recap of today's news.

Let's talk about Elon Musk launching his Tesla into space

Jason Davis • February 05, 2018

Hop in, it'll be eternity 'till we make it to M83.

Preview: Succeed or fail, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy test sure to be a blast

Jason Davis • February 01, 2018

Possible outcomes of next week's test include an explosion or a car launched into orbit around the Sun.

Creating a guidebook for Earth's hypothetical twin

Jason Davis • January 25, 2018

Early Earth's atmosphere wasn't a place for humans. Yet the planet had microbial life—something we should keep in mind for exoplanets.

Here's our rolling list of space things affected by the U.S. government shutdown

Jason Davis and Emily Lakdawalla • January 22, 2018

The International Space Station stays open for business; everything else is at least somewhat affected.

Let's talk about NASA's latest commercial crew delay

Jason Davis • January 17, 2018

SpaceX and Boeing might not be certified to carry astronauts to the International Space Station until 2019 or 2020.

No plumes? No problem. How Europa Clipper will analyze an icy moon's ocean

Jason Davis • January 11, 2018

Europa doesn't have grandiose plumes like Enceladus. So how will the Clipper mission figure out what's in Europa's ocean?

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