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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.

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence is getting a signal boost

Jason Davis • October 02, 2018 • 4

It's all thanks to renewed interest from NASA and a private effort to scan the skies using an array of 64 radio telescopes.

Japan's asteroid hoppers deliver new batch of incredible images

Jason Davis • September 27, 2018 • 4

Pics of Ryugu's surface show loose piles of gravel strewn with larger rocks and boulders.

How LightSail and a NASA study helped pave the way for Mars-bound CubeSats

Jason Davis • September 26, 2018 • 1

Two NASA CubeSats are approaching Mars — an impressive accomplishment for a concept many people regarded with derision just 15 years ago.

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully drops rovers on asteroid Ryugu

Jason Davis • September 22, 2018 • 3

The two small spacecraft are the size and shape of cheese wheels, and can autonomously hop around the surface.

'Everything about this flyby is tougher': New Horizons just over 100 days from Ultima Thule

Jason Davis • September 19, 2018 • 3

On Jan. 1, NASA's New Horizons will perform a high-risk, high-reward flyby of an ancient world on the outskirts of the solar system.

Goodbye, Delta II rocket

Jason Davis • September 11, 2018 • 1

This Saturday, the final Delta II rocket will launch NASA's ICESat-2 spacecraft into orbit.

Orion's third flight will haul two pieces of a space station to lunar orbit

Jason Davis • September 06, 2018 • 2

NASA is planning for a 30-day mission to lunar orbit in 2024.

Hayabusa2 prepares to collect samples, leave Planetary Society names on Ryugu

Jason Davis • August 28, 2018

The names were collected by the Society in 2013, and are stored on target markers that will be dropped on the asteroid.

False alarm: Here's why people thought Opportunity phoned home last week

Jason Davis • August 21, 2018 • 4

It was a signal from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, not Opportunity, that showed up on a Deep Space Network dashboard last week.

Here are some recent postcards from Jupiter

Jason Davis • August 15, 2018 • 4

Let's check in on NASA's Juno spacecraft, which completed its 14th close flyby of Jupiter last month.

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