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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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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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Pretty Picture: A Plethora of Perseids

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/08/14 12:53 CDT | 3 comments

A pretty picture of the Perseid meteor shower from Mount Lemmon, Ariz.

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The coolest video of an expanding supernova you'll see today

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/08/09 09:32 CDT | 11 comments

Professional astrophotographer Adam Block created a video showing the expansion of M1, the Crab Nebula, using two images taken more than a decade apart.

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Japan sends fourth cargo craft to International Space Station

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/08/05 06:01 CDT

Japan’s HTV-4 resupply vessel is en route to the International Space Station following a Sunday launch from the Tanegashima Space Center.

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India prepares to return troubled rocket to flight

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/07/30 06:00 CDT | 15 comments

India is preparing for the return-to-flight of their Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, which has suffered back-to-back failures.

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Interpreters: the ties that bind international spaceflight

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/07/24 02:34 CDT | 2 comments

An interview with Elena Kozhukhov, a veteran Russian interpreter who supports the International Space Station.

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J-2X: A Distant Dot Lights Up the Night

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/07/18 09:51 CDT | 3 comments

On Tuesday, NASA released new high-definition video of a June 26 nighttime J-2X engine test at Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi.

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Spacewalk ends early following helmet water leak

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/07/16 12:09 CDT

A spacewalk outside the International Space Station Tuesday ended early after a water leak inside astronaut Luca Parmitano’s helmet created a potentially dangerous situation.

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In-flight entertainment: cameras aboard the Space Launch System

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/07/09 06:04 CDT | 1 comment

When the Space Launch System lifts off on its inaugural flight in 2017, eight engineering cameras will collect crucial in-flight data while providing breathtaking views for the public.

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