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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.

Rocket Road Trip: Watch a new video series on NASA's human spaceflight program

Jason Davis • November 28, 2016 • 1

The Planetary Society debuts a new, five-part video series on NASA's human spaceflight program. We went on a 10-day, 450-mile journey throughout the southern U.S. to see how the agency is preparing to send humans beyond low-Earth orbit for the first time since 1972.

The diverse ‘village’ behind Peggy Whitson, NASA's barrier-breaking astronaut

Jason Davis • November 16, 2016

During the run-up to her third mission, veteran NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson has shifted the focus from herself to the team of trainers and technicians at Johnson Space Center.

A week in the solar system

Jason Davis • November 10, 2016 • 1

A roundup of pretty pictures and news from our robotic ambassadors around the solar system, from November 4 through 8.

Stressed about the election? Take a beautiful video tour of the International Space Station

Jason Davis • November 04, 2016 • 3

As the stressful election season draws to a close, a stunning new video tour of the International Space Station offers a reminder of what humans can do when we put aside our differences and work together.

The flexible path to Mars: SLS, Orion and NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission

Jason Davis • November 02, 2016 • 6

Since 2011, a once-in-a-generation transformation has been sweeping through NASA's human spaceflight centers in preparation for the era of SLS and Orion. How have the programs fared, and what first steps is NASA taking as it prepares for the journey to Mars?

Kate Rubins, NASA's DNA sequencing scientist, returning to Earth

Jason Davis • October 28, 2016

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins is returning to Earth from the International Space Station. During her mission, she became the first person to sequence DNA in space.

Remembering Ewen Whitaker, the "careful and caring" scientist who found Surveyors 1 and 3

Jason Davis • October 21, 2016 • 2

Ewen Whitaker was one of the founding members of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, one of the world's first research institutions dedicated to studying the moon and planets.

How should America feel about China's space ambitions?

Jason Davis • October 14, 2016 • 16

China is sending two astronauts on a month-long mission to the country's new space station. What are China's long-term space goals? Does the narrative of a space race between the U.S. and China fit? If so, what happens if America loses?

To the moon, via the space station? A Q&A with Orbital ATK

Jason Davis • October 13, 2016 • 4

Two years after a devastating explosion, Orbital ATK is set to return its Antares rocket to flight. The commercial spaceflight company discusses its upgraded launcher, Cygnus supply spacecraft, and future ambitions, which include cislunar space.

LightSail 2 update roundup: Testing, delivery and a new animation in the works

Jason Davis • October 07, 2016 • 4

LightSail 2 and Prox-1 are expected to meet for integration by the end of the year. Here's an update roundup, including a sneak peek of new animations and the abstract from a recently accepted paper on the spacecraft's attitude control system.

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