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Planetary Projects and Human Spaceflight

by Jason Davis

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Ground finale? Deployment test moves LightSail 2 closer to handoff

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/12/06 08:34 CST | 1 comment

LightSail 2 successfully demonstrated all of its critical functions during what may have been the CubeSat's final end-to-end systems test at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

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Review: New book brings artistry of Apollo photos to your living room

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/12/05 12:07 CST | 2 comments

Jason Davis reviews a new photo book showcasing a stunning collection of images taken by NASA's Apollo astronauts from 1968 through 1972.

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What's the matter with Russia's rockets?

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/12/02 06:01 CST | 9 comments

Fifteen Russian rockets have failed in the past 6 years. Of those mishaps, all but two involved upper stages. So what's going on? The problem may actually lie far beyond the country's aerospace industry.

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ISS-bound Progress spacecraft fails to reach orbit, breaks apart over southern Siberia

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/12/01 09:49 CST

This morning's launch of an uncrewed Russian Progress cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station went awry. Following a third-stage failure, the vehicle reentered Earth's atmosphere and broke apart over southern Siberia in Russia.

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Review: Arrival’s surprising message of happiness and hope for humanity

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/11/30 07:01 CST | 6 comments

In a review of the new sci-fi film Arrival, Jason Davis says there's a lot to like about the movie's surprising message of happiness and hope for humanity.

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Rocket Road Trip: Watch a new video series on NASA's human spaceflight program

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/11/28 07:18 CST

The Planetary Society debuts a new, five-part video series on NASA's human spaceflight program. We went on a 10-day, 450-mile journey throughout the southern U.S. to see how the agency is preparing to send humans beyond low-Earth orbit for the first time since 1972.

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The diverse ‘village’ behind Peggy Whitson, NASA's barrier-breaking astronaut

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/11/16 05:10 CST

During the run-up to her third mission, veteran NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson has shifted the focus from herself to the team of trainers and technicians at Johnson Space Center.

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A week in the solar system

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/11/10 05:45 CST | 1 comment

A roundup of pretty pictures and news from our robotic ambassadors around the solar system, from November 4 through 8.

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Stressed about the election? Take a beautiful video tour of the International Space Station

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/11/04 11:02 CDT | 3 comments

As the stressful election season draws to a close, a stunning new video tour of the International Space Station offers a reminder of what humans can do when we put aside our differences and work together.

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The flexible path to Mars: SLS, Orion and NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/11/02 06:01 CDT | 5 comments

Since 2011, a once-in-a-generation transformation has been sweeping through NASA's human spaceflight centers in preparation for the era of SLS and Orion. How have the programs fared, and what first steps is NASA taking as it prepares for the journey to Mars?

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