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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.

Chandrayaan-2 Headed for Lunar Orbit

Jason Davis • August 13, 2019

At 02:21 IST (20:51 UTC), the spacecraft fired its main engine, changing its orbit to intersect with the Moon.

Hayabusa2 Nailed its Second Touchdown on Asteroid Ryugu

Jason Davis • August 12, 2019

JAXA's sample collection spacecraft touched down just 60 centimeters away from its aimpoint.

LightSail 2 Nears 2 Weeks of Solar Sailing

Jason Davis • August 06, 2019 • 4

The high point of the spacecraft's orbit around the Earth on Monday was 729 kilometers, an increase of 3.2 kilometers since sail deployment.

LightSail 2 Spacecraft Successfully Demonstrates Flight by Light

Jason Davis • July 31, 2019 • 17

In the past 4 days, the spacecraft has raised its orbital high point, or apogee, by about 2 kilometers.

LightSail 2 Successfully Deploys Solar Sail

Jason Davis • July 24, 2019 • 7

Images from The Planetary Society's spacecraft confirm the solar sails deployed on 23 July 2019 at 11:47 PDT (18:47 UTC).

Live Coverage: LightSail 2 Sail Deployment

Jason Davis • July 19, 2019 • 9

Visit planetary.org/live for video and audio from mission control, located at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California.

LightSail 2 Sail Deployment Scheduled for Tuesday

Jason Davis • July 19, 2019

The target ground station pass for deployment starts 23 July 2019 at roughly 11:22 PDT (18:22 UTC).

LightSail 2 Team Continues Tweaks and Tests for Sail Deployment

Jason Davis • July 17, 2019 • 3

Spare bandwidth during ground station passes has allowed flight controllers to downlink 2 new high-resolution images.

Planetary Society-funded Technology Picked by NASA for Possible Moon Flight

Jason Davis • July 11, 2019 • 4

PlanetVac, a technology that simplifies the process of collecting samples from other worlds, may fly to the Moon.

LightSail 2 Team to Conduct More Testing before Sail Deployment

Jason Davis • July 09, 2019 • 3

Sail deployment is now scheduled for no earlier than 21 July 2019.

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