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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.

Hayabusa2 prepares to collect samples, leave Planetary Society names on Ryugu

Jason Davis • August 28, 2018

The names were collected by the Society in 2013, and are stored on target markers that will be dropped on the asteroid.

False alarm: Here's why people thought Opportunity phoned home last week

Jason Davis • August 21, 2018 • 4

It was a signal from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, not Opportunity, that showed up on a Deep Space Network dashboard last week.

Here are some recent postcards from Jupiter

Jason Davis • August 15, 2018 • 4

Let's check in on NASA's Juno spacecraft, which completed its 14th close flyby of Jupiter last month.

Parker Solar Probe preview: 10 hot facts about NASA's cool mission to the Sun

Jason Davis • August 09, 2018 • 1

This weekend, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe spacecraft leaves Earth on a mission to touch the Sun.

LightSail 2 updates: Launch date slips, environmental test complete, new video released

Jason Davis • August 08, 2018

LightSail 2's ride to space won't happen until at least November 30, as SpaceX works through a list of other payloads in line to fly first.

NASA names crews and dates for first U.S. commercial missions

Jason Davis • August 03, 2018 • 5

Four NASA astronauts and one commercial employee are expected to launch aboard SpaceX and Boeing-operated vehicles in 2019.

LightSail 2 team completes key mission review and dress rehearsal

Jason Davis • July 26, 2018 • 3

The LightSail 2 team gathered in Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for a Mission Readiness Review (MRR) and Operational Readiness Test (ORT).

Planetary Society asteroid hunters help find rare type of double asteroid

Jason Davis • July 24, 2018 • 7

A global team of astronomers has found a rare type of asteroid, where two equal-mass objects circle each other in a never-ending dance as they hurtle through the solar system.

NEA Scout unfurls solar sail for full-scale test

Jason Davis • July 13, 2018 • 2

The next time its solar sail is deployed, NEA Scout will be out near the Moon.

New goodies from asteroid Ryugu!

Jason Davis • July 11, 2018 • 9

Two new global views of Ryugu from Hayabusa2, plus a 3-D animation.

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