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Jason Davis is a journalist and digital editor for The Planetary Society, trying to spread the PB&J (passion, beauty & joy) of space exploration.

Live Coverage: LightSail 2 Sail Deployment

Jason Davis • July 19, 2019 • 1

Visit planetary.org/live for video and audio from mission control, located at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California.

LightSail 2 Sail Deployment Scheduled for Tuesday

Jason Davis • July 19, 2019

The target ground station pass for deployment starts 23 July 2019 at roughly 11:22 PDT (18:22 UTC).

LightSail 2 Team Continues Tweaks and Tests for Sail Deployment

Jason Davis • July 17, 2019 • 3

Spare bandwidth during ground station passes has allowed flight controllers to downlink 2 new high-resolution images.

Planetary Society-funded Technology Picked by NASA for Possible Moon Flight

Jason Davis • July 11, 2019 • 4

PlanetVac, a technology that simplifies the process of collecting samples from other worlds, may fly to the Moon.

LightSail 2 Team to Conduct More Testing before Sail Deployment

Jason Davis • July 09, 2019 • 3

Sail deployment is now scheduled for no earlier than 21 July 2019.

Here are the First Pictures of Earth from LightSail 2

Jason Davis • July 07, 2019 • 10

Pictures taken by the spacecraft's cameras Friday evening show a crescent Earth, as LightSail 2 heads into orbital sunset.

See the Latest Data from LightSail 2 on Our New Mission Control Dashboard

Jason Davis • July 05, 2019

Would you like to see the latest data from The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft—possibly before flight controllers have even seen it? Now you can!

LightSail 2 Healthy as Mission Team Continues Spacecraft Checkouts

Jason Davis • July 03, 2019

The mission team is working through a 73-step checklist to check out the spacecraft’s systems and perform various tests.

Orion Completes Critical In-Flight Abort Test

Jason Davis • July 02, 2019 • 2

The test showed Orion can blast itself away from the Space Launch System if the big rocket fails while attempting to fly to orbit.

First Contact! LightSail 2 Phones Home to Mission Control

Jason Davis • July 02, 2019 • 1

The mission team received LightSail 2's first signals on 2 July at 01:34 PDT (08:34 UTC), as the spacecraft passed over Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California.

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