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by Jason Davis

The Planetary Society participates in a wide variety of projects dedicated to the exploration of our solar system, planetary defense and citizen science. Jason Davis is your embedded reporter and guide to planetary projects.

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How to get a satellite to geostationary orbit

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/01/17 09:24 CST | 8 comments

Mike Loucks helps provide a beginner's walk-through of the orbital mechanics behind geosynchronous and geostationary satellites.

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Shaping the Search for Life

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/01/14 09:24 CST | 1 comment

A short film on the Giant Magellan Telescope, which could revolutionize exoplanet research and shape the search for life in the Universe.

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International Space Station gets warranty extension to 2024

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/01/09 02:54 CST | 1 comment

The White House and NASA have approved a 2024 lifespan extension for the International Space Station.

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India keeps up the momentum, returning troubled GSLV to flight

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/01/06 11:20 CST | 3 comments

India returned its troubled GSLV to flight Sunday, marking the first successful outing of the country's Cryogenic Upper Stage.

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An Updated Mars Exploration Family Portrait

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/12/18 11:16 CST | 6 comments

The Mars Exploration Family Portrait shows every dedicated spacecraft mission to Mars, and now includes India's Mars Orbiter Mission and NASA's MAVEN.

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SpaceX’s Upgraded Falcon Delivers Satellite to Geostationary Orbit

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/12/03 10:45 CST | 4 comments

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket delivered a communications satellite to geostationary orbit, marking an important milestone for the private spaceflight company.

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An early look at Comet ISON

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/10/08 01:01 CDT | 2 comments

Comet ISON is brightening as it approaches the Sun, and can now be seen from many ground-based telescopes.

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Gaia Prepares for Ultimate Galactic Census

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/10/06 10:42 CDT | 2 comments

The European Space Agency's Gaia spacecraft is set to embark on a five-year, billion-star census next month.

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A Big Day for Commercial Spaceflight

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/09/29 11:42 CDT | 1 comment

On Sunday, Orbital Sciences Corporation's Cygnus resupply spacecraft was berthed to the ISS, while SpaceX's upgraded Falcon 9 lifted off from the California coast.

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A Russian Guide to Wednesday's Союз Старт (Soyuz Launch)

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/09/24 11:28 CDT | 6 comments

Follow along with Roscosmos during the launch of Soyuz TMA-10M using this list of common Russian flight terms.

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