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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.

In-flight entertainment: cameras aboard the Space Launch System

Jason Davis • July 09, 2013 • 1

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.

Hubble captures time-lapse of comet ISON

Jason Davis • July 05, 2013 • 2

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

A patriotic return to space

Jason Davis • July 03, 2013

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

Russian rocket crashes in spectacular explosion

Jason Davis • July 02, 2013 • 2

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

Deflecting the flames of a monster rocket

Jason Davis • July 01, 2013 • 3

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.

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

Jason Davis • June 28, 2013 • 1

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.

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

Jason Davis • June 26, 2013 • 6

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

Russians start workweek with stroll outside ISS

Jason Davis • June 25, 2013 • 1

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

Astrophotographer captures 'Heavenly Palace' transiting the Sun

Jason Davis • June 24, 2013 • 1

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

Goodnight, Herschel Space Observatory

Jason Davis • June 18, 2013 • 6

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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