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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.

What's the Difference between LightSail 1 and LightSail 2?

Jason Davis • June 05, 2019 • 4

While LightSail 1 and 2 look nearly identical at a glance, there are a few important hardware differences between the two spacecraft.

Hayabusa2 drops second target marker, targets artificial crater for sample collection

Jason Davis • June 04, 2019 • 1

The reflective softball-sized sphere will give the spacecraft a visual guide during a second potential sample collection.

LightSail 2 Arrives in Florida

Jason Davis • May 30, 2019

Next Stop: Space!

Hayabusa2 Encounters Snag Trying to Drop Second Target Marker

Jason Davis • May 21, 2019 • 2

The spacecraft is healthy and safe, but time is running out to collect a second sample from asteroid Ryugu.

Here's a Roundup of Recent OSIRIS-REx Postcards from Bennu

Jason Davis • May 15, 2019 • 2

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is currently sweeping arcs between the asteroid's north and south poles.

LightSail 2 set to launch next month aboard SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket

Jason Davis • May 13, 2019 • 2

The Planetary Society's solar sail spacecraft will lift off 22 June 2019 on a mission to demonstrate the power of sunlight for propulsion.

LightSail 2 Integrated with Prox-1 Carrier Spacecraft

Jason Davis • May 09, 2019 • 2

The Planetary Society's solar sailing CubeSat is officially on the road to launch.

Here’s an Update on Hayabusa2’s Crater-Creating Explosion

Jason Davis • May 03, 2019 • 3

Hayabusa2's SCI experiment fell toward Ryugu for 40 minutes before detonating about 300 meters above the surface.

Chandrayaan-2 Launch Delayed until July

Jason Davis • April 30, 2019

India's combination lunar orbiter, lander, and rover spacecraft was previously scheduled to lift off in May.

How Your Donations are Helping Planetary Society Asteroid Hunters

Jason Davis • April 25, 2019

Each year, we ask our Shoemaker NEO Grant winners to help us tell the world about their work. Here's what they said.

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