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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.

NRO gives NASA two hand-me-down telescopes

Jason Davis • June 07, 2012 • 4

The National Reconnaissance Office has donated two, partially-completed space telescopes to NASA, revealed at a National Academies' Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics meeting this week.

SpaceX's Dragon returns to Earth, completes mission

Jason Davis • May 31, 2012 • 1

SpaceX's Dragon capsule successfully completed its COTS 2 demo flight, as the capsule splashed down into the Pacific Ocean on May 31, 2012.

Dragon packed and ready for reentry

Jason Davis • May 30, 2012 • 1

After making history at the International Space Station, SpaceX's Dragon capsule has been re-loaded with cargo and is preparing for reentry.

Dragon makes history, berths with International Space Station

Jason Davis • May 25, 2012 • 1

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has been successfully grappled with the International Space Station’s Canadarm2 and berthed with the station's Harmony module.

Dragon completes initial ISS fly-under

Jason Davis • May 24, 2012

SpaceX's Dragon capsule performed a successful fly-under of the International Space Station last night, at a distance of 2.5 kilometers.

SpaceX successfully launches Dragon into orbit

Jason Davis • May 22, 2012 • 7

SpaceX moved closer to spaceflight history last night as their Falcon 9 rocket rose from its launch pad, sending the Dragon capsule on a journey to berth with the International Space Station.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 aborts liftoff due to abnormal engine reading

Jason Davis • May 19, 2012 • 2

The launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule was aborted last night a half-second before liftoff, due to abnormally high pressure readings in engine number five.

SpaceX set to launch COTS 2 flight this Saturday

Jason Davis • May 18, 2012 • 1

This Saturday, SpaceX will attempt to make history by launching the first commercial spacecraft to berth with the International Space Station.

Examining India's new RISAT 1 Earth observation satellite

Jason Davis • May 02, 2012 • 1

Last week, India launched RISAT 1, a new Earth-observing satellite. How does its synthetic aperture radar compare to that of Envisat, which has fallen silent?

SpaceX Dragon flight to ISS draws near

Jason Davis • April 16, 2012 • 1

SpaceX and NASA have completed a successful flight readiness review (FRR) for the Dragon's upcoming visit to the International Space Station.

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