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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.

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.

What's the benefit of sample return?

Jason Davis • July 05, 2018 • 1

With Hayabusa2 at Ryugu and OSIRIS-REx closing on Bennu, it's the summer of sample return. Why do scientists go to so much trouble for a piece of a another world?

Planetary Defense in the Moroccan Mountains

Jason Davis • July 03, 2018 • 1

A little-known observatory is s helping usher an Arab astronomy renaissance.

Let's check in on The Planetary Society's asteroid hunters

Jason Davis • June 29, 2018 • 2

The Shoemaker NEO Grant program funds advanced amateur astronomers who help determine if nearby asteroids will hit Earth. Here are some collected reports from our asteroid hunters.

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