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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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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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Hubble captures time-lapse of comet ISON

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/07/05 04:28 CDT | 2 comments

The Hubble Space Telescope captured a series of images showing Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) plunging toward the sun.

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A patriotic return to space

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/07/03 07:03 CDT

When Space Shuttle Discovery launched on its 1988 return-to-flight mission, it was a big moment for NASA and America.

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Russian rocket crashes in spectacular explosion

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/07/02 07:11 CDT | 2 comments

A Russian Proton-M rocket veered off course and crashed in a nearby field shortly after liftoff from Baikonur, Kazahkstan.

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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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