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Planetary Projects and Human Spaceflight

by Jason Davis

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TPS at DPS: A Screening of Desert Moon, Advocacy with Casey Dreier, and a Sagan Lecture

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/11/06 04:00 CST | 3 comments

The Planetary Society will be well-represented at next week's Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Tucson, Ariz.

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SpaceShipTwo Feathering System Prematurely Deployed before Fatal Breakup

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/11/03 11:33 CST | 1 comment

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo disintegrated shortly after the space plane's tail stabilizers prematurely deployed, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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[Update 1] Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Destroyed in Testing Accident, 1 Dead, 1 Injured

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/10/31 02:25 CDT | 2 comments

The private spaceflight company's spaceplane was destroyed in an accident over California's Mojave Desert.

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LightSail Vibration Test Shakes Loose New Problems

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/10/30 02:56 CDT | 2 comments

LightSail's random vibration test, meant to simulate the stress of an Atlas V rocket launch, shook loose new problems that the team will have to address.

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[Update 2] Antares Rocket Explodes Seconds after Liftoff

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/10/28 06:13 CDT | 4 comments

An Antares rocket fell back to the launch pad shortly after liftoff, exploding in a fireball that destroyed the vehicle.

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Surveyor Digitization Project Will Bring Thousands of Unseen Lunar Images to Light

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/10/24 02:03 CDT | 4 comments

A team of scientists at the University of Arizona plan to digitize 87,000 vintage images from the surface of the moon, of which less than two percent have ever been seen.

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When Good Rockets Go Bad: Orion's Launch Abort System

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/10/20 01:30 CDT | 8 comments

One of the tricky parts of launching humans into space is deciding what to do if something goes wrong. And that's where Orion's Launch Abort System comes in.

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As Deadlines Loom, LightSail Bends but Doesn't Break

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/10/15 09:49 CDT | 5 comments

The Planetary Society's LightSail-A spacecraft is close to completing a final series of tests that pave the way for a possible 2015 test flight. But as deadlines loom, a new problem has sent the team scrambling to make a quick repair.

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JPL Releases a Big, Bold Website Redesign

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/10/09 06:37 CDT | 2 comments

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory released a major overhaul of its website. Here's a closer look.

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Orion's Ride to Space is at the Launch Site. Why So Early?

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/10/03 03:28 CDT | 9 comments

On Tuesday, Orion's massive Delta IV Heavy rocket rolled from its Horizontal Integration Facility out to the launch site. Launch is still eight weeks away. Why so early?

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