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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.

Here are the First Pictures of Earth from LightSail 2

Jason Davis • July 07, 2019 • 10

Pictures taken by the spacecraft's cameras Friday evening show a crescent Earth, as LightSail 2 heads into orbital sunset.

See the Latest Data from LightSail 2 on Our New Mission Control Dashboard

Jason Davis • July 05, 2019

Would you like to see the latest data from The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft—possibly before flight controllers have even seen it? Now you can!

LightSail 2 Healthy as Mission Team Continues Spacecraft Checkouts

Jason Davis • July 03, 2019

The mission team is working through a 73-step checklist to check out the spacecraft’s systems and perform various tests.

Orion Completes Critical In-Flight Abort Test

Jason Davis • July 02, 2019 • 2

The test showed Orion can blast itself away from the Space Launch System if the big rocket fails while attempting to fly to orbit.

First Contact! LightSail 2 Phones Home to Mission Control

Jason Davis • July 02, 2019 • 1

The mission team received LightSail 2's first signals on 2 July at 01:34 PDT (08:34 UTC), as the spacecraft passed over Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California.

NASA Greenlights Dragonfly, a Quadcopter Mission to Titan

Jason Davis • June 27, 2019 • 5

Sporting 8 rotors and a nuclear power source like the Mars Curiosity rover, Dragonfly will launch in 2026 and arrive at Titan in 2034.

LightSail 2 Has Launched!

Jason Davis • June 25, 2019 • 5

The Planetary Society's solar sail CubeSat lifted off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida on 25 June at 02:30 EDT (06:30 UTC).

LightSail 2 is Ready for Launch

Jason Davis • June 24, 2019

The Planetary Society's solar sailing spacecraft is ready to take flight. We got an up-close look at its ride to orbit.

Here's Our First Look at LightSail 2 Installed on SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Rocket

Jason Davis • June 19, 2019 • 2

LightSail 2 is one of 24 spacecraft hitching a ride to orbit as part of the U.S. Air Force's STP-2 mission.

What to Expect when LightSail 2 Launches into Space

Jason Davis • June 17, 2019 • 3

Our preview guide outlines the LightSail 2 mission from start to finish.

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