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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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Deflecting the flames of a monster rocket

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/07/01 12:24 CDT | 3 comments

Work continues to prepare Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39B for the Space Launch System, as a flame trench deflector originally built for the Space Shuttle is removed.

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IRIS safely in orbit, ready to eye sun's atmosphere

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/06/28 06:01 CDT | 1 comment

IRIS, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph spacecraft, was launched from Orbital Science Corporation's Stargazer carrier aircraft over the Pacific Ocean at 7:27 p.m PDT.

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What would Earth's skies look like with Saturn's rings?

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/06/26 12:59 CDT | 4 comments

Illustrator and author Ron Miller visualizes what we would see in our skies if Saturn’s majestic rings circled the Earth.

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Russians start workweek with stroll outside ISS

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/06/25 11:59 CDT | 1 comment

Cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin performed a six-and-a-half hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Monday.

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Astrophotographer captures 'Heavenly Palace' transiting the Sun

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/06/24 10:56 CDT | 1 comment

Astrophotographer Thierry Legault captured a striking image set of Chinese spacecraft Tiangong 1 and Shenzhou 10 transiting the Sun.

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Goodnight, Herschel Space Observatory

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/06/18 01:29 CDT | 6 comments

The European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory received its final commands yesterday, having depleted the liquid helium required to make its infrared observations.

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China launches three-person crew to visit Tiangong 1 space station

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/06/11 03:38 CDT | 2 comments

China's Shenzhou 10 spacecraft is bound for space station Tiangong 1 following a successful liftoff from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Inner Mongolia.

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Morpheus lander gets back off its feet

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/06/07 01:58 CDT | 4 comments

NASA's Project Morpheus lander completed a 74-second flight yesterday, marking the second tethered test of the new vehicle.

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ESA launches fourth cargo spacecraft to ISS

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/06/06 11:57 CDT | 1 comment

An Ariane 5 rocket carrying the Automated Transfer Vehicle Albert Einstein lifted off from French Guiana Wednesday.

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Express Soyuz sends new crew to station

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/05/29 08:21 CDT | 1 comment

Fyodor Yurchikhin, Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano lifted off in their Soyuz TMA-09M at 4:31 p.m. EDT and arrived at the International Space Station six hours later.

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