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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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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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Cygnus Aborts Station Approach, Will Retry Tuesday

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/09/22 05:46 CDT

The private spacecraft Cygnus was forced to abort its first attempt to berth with the International Space Station Sunday morning due to a software glitch.

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Antares and Cygnus blast off to International Space Station

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/09/18 11:09 CDT | 1 comment

Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares rocket lifted off from the Virginia coast this morning, successfully carrying the first operational Cygnus resupply spacecraft into orbit.

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Cygnus ready to spread its wings, fly to ISS

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/09/16 01:43 CDT

Orbital Sciences Corporation's Cygnus spacecraft will launch to the International Space Station Wednesday atop an Antares rocket.

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Expedition 36 crew returns to Earth

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/09/10 11:45 CDT | 3 comments

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin returned to Earth following a five-and-a-half month stay aboard the International Space Station.

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LADEE safely on its way to moon

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/09/07 12:05 CDT

The LADEE spacecraft lifted off at 11:27 p.m. EDT on Sept. 6 from Pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va.

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Making mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/09/02 06:00 CDT | 1 comment

A video on the Giant Magellan Telescope and its third mirror, which was cast on August 24, 2013 at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory Mirror Lab in Tucson, Ariz.

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Dream Chaser mini-shuttle prepares for free flight tests

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/08/15 03:42 CDT | 4 comments

Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser spacecraft recently completed a series of range and taxi tow tests, which pave the way for free flights that could begin this fall.

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