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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.

NASA is visiting 8 asteroids in 8 years. Here are 8 things to know about the missions

Jason Davis • January 04, 2017 • 12

NASA announced two new asteroid missions today named Lucy and Psyche that will fill important gaps in our understanding of how the solar system was formed. Here are eight things to know about the two missions.

A company you've never heard of plans to build the world's first private space station

Jason Davis • January 03, 2017 • 9

Axiom Space, a recently formed company headed by former ISS program manager Mike Suffredini, plans to send an astronaut to the ISS in 2019 and connect a large multipurpose habitat there in 2020.

Spaceflight in 2017, part 1: Earth-centric edition

Jason Davis • December 29, 2016 • 21

Our preview of spaceflight in 2017 starts with highlights of missions and events happening on and around our home planet.

Review: ‘Rogue One’ is Star Wars comfort food

Jason Davis • December 22, 2016 • 6

In a review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jason Davis says you're more likely to enjoy the film if you embrace it as comfort food—a story line that fits into a larger sequence of Star Wars events you already know.

Future fear, loathing and predjudice: Star Trek VI turns 25

Jason Davis • December 16, 2016 • 3

On the 25th anniversary of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Jason Davis says the societal topics the film explores are still relevant today.

Lunar orbit beckons: NASA’s next four years of human spaceflight

Jason Davis • December 14, 2016 • 10

Our six-part Horizon Goal series concludes with a look at the future of NASA's human spaceflight program. As NASA prepares to set up shop beyond low-Earth orbit for the first time since 1972, are changes coming for the agency's Space Launch System rocket and Orion crew capsule?

Ground finale? Deployment test moves LightSail 2 closer to handoff

Jason Davis • December 06, 2016 • 2

LightSail 2 successfully demonstrated all of its critical functions during what may have been the CubeSat's final end-to-end systems test at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Review: New book brings artistry of Apollo photos to your living room

Jason Davis • December 05, 2016 • 2

Jason Davis reviews a new photo book showcasing a stunning collection of images taken by NASA's Apollo astronauts from 1968 through 1972.

What's the matter with Russia's rockets?

Jason Davis • December 02, 2016 • 9

Fifteen Russian rockets have failed in the past 6 years. Of those mishaps, all but two involved upper stages. So what's going on? The problem may actually lie far beyond the country's aerospace industry.

ISS-bound Progress spacecraft fails to reach orbit, breaks apart over southern Siberia

Jason Davis • December 01, 2016

This morning's launch of an uncrewed Russian Progress cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station went awry. Following a third-stage failure, the vehicle reentered Earth's atmosphere and broke apart over southern Siberia in Russia.

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