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Jason Davis is a journalist and digital editor for The Planetary Society, writing about human spaceflight, LightSail and the space stories that matter most.

First SLS flight engine test goes the distance in Mississippi

Jason Davis • March 10, 2016 • 1

A rocket engine that once blasted space shuttles into orbit was test-fired today in Mississippi, in preparation for its upcoming duty launching an astronaut crew to the moon.

Veteran space shuttle engine to be test-fired for SLS in Mississippi

Jason Davis • March 09, 2016

An veteran engine from the space shuttle program will be test-fired tomorrow at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, kicking off the next round of Space Launch System flight preparations.

SpaceX drops satellite into high orbit but misses difficult booster landing

Jason Davis • March 04, 2016 • 1

SpaceX overcame high propellant temperatures, a boat too close to the launch pad, and pesky weather to launch a communications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit this evening.

A tribute to Scott Kelly, astronaut and human being

Jason Davis • March 04, 2016 • 3

Thanks to social media, we get to know individual astronauts better than we have at any other time in the history of spaceflight.

One-year crew all smiles after safe landing in Kazakhstan

Jason Davis • March 01, 2016

Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko are safely back on Earth today after 340 days in space. The one-year crew duo, along with Sergey Volkov, touched down in Kazahkstan Wednesday morning.

Meet LightSail 2, The Planetary Society's new solar sailing CubeSat

Jason Davis • February 29, 2016 • 1

The Planetary Society's solar sailing CubeSat has a new designation: LightSail 2. To celebrate the name change, we're releasing a new video showing footage from a late January sail deployment at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

One-year ISS mission draws to a close

Jason Davis • February 25, 2016

Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko are set to return to Earth next week after their record-breaking, year-long mission aboard the International Space Station.

Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly alert: SpaceX doesn't expect to stick upcoming rocket landing

Jason Davis • February 23, 2016

SpaceX is launching the SES-9 communications satellite to geostationary transfer orbit. But the company says a successful first stage drone ship landing is "not expected."

Virgin Galactic Unveils New SpaceShipTwo

Jason Davis • February 19, 2016 • 3

Nearly 16 months after Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo was destroyed in a fatal accident, the company is getting ready to fly again.

In Pictures: Cygnus Takes out the Trash

Jason Davis • February 19, 2016 • 1

Early this morning, Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra released a trash-filled Cygnus cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station. Orbital ATK flight controllers will send Cygnus into Earth's atmosphere for a controlled reentry Saturday morning.

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