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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 to expect when Beresheet launches to (and lands on) the Moon

Jason Davis • February 18, 2019 • 2

Launch day is almost here for the small lunar lander built by Israeli non-profit SpaceIL.

So long, MarCO, and thanks for the radio transmissions

Jason Davis • February 05, 2019

NASA says it does not expect to receive any more transmissions from the MarCO CubeSats that accompanied Insight to Mars last year.

OSIRIS-REx stable in Bennu orbit, team refines sample collection plans

Jason Davis • January 30, 2019

The team has yet to find a Bennu sample site that matches their pre-arrival expectations, meaning their plans will probably have to change.

Israeli Beresheet Moon lander ships to Florida for mid-February launch

Jason Davis • January 22, 2019 • 1

Launch is currently set for 19 February, and Beresheet will spend two months traveling to the Moon ahead of touchdown in April.

Planetary Deep Drill completes second field test

Jason Davis • January 18, 2019 • 2

The work builds on a Planetary Society-sponsored test and paves the way for an ambitious expedition in Greenland this year.

Hayabusa2 team sets date for sample collection, considers two touchdown sites

Jason Davis • January 16, 2019

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft will try to collect a sample from asteroid Ryugu during the week of 18 February, mission officials said during a press briefing last week.

Chang'e-4 update: Both vehicles healthy, new imagery from the Moon’s far side

Jason Davis • January 11, 2019 • 2

Everything is going well 9 days after China's Chang'e-4 mission made a historic landing on the far side of the Moon, the country's space program said today.

Chang'e-4 deploys rover on far side of the Moon

Jason Davis • January 03, 2019 • 3

The rover is named Yutu-2, China's space agency announced.

China successfully lands Chang'e-4 on far side of Moon

Jason Davis • January 02, 2019 • 2

It’s a space feat no nation has accomplished until now.

News brief: OSIRIS-REx finds water on Bennu

Jason Davis • December 10, 2018 • 4

OSIRIS-REx team members held a press briefing today at the 2018 American Geophysical Union meeting, and announced that the mission has already found water on asteroid Bennu.

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