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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.

Orion L-2 Report: The Old Gives Way to the New

Jason Davis • December 02, 2014

With less than two days before Orion's maiden voyage, NASA and United Launch Alliance are cautiously optimistic the flight will launch Thursday as scheduled.

Your Timeline of Events for Orion's Maiden Voyage

Jason Davis • December 01, 2014

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is ready to embark on its maiden voyage this Thursday. Here is a timeline of events.

United Launch Alliance Answers Burning Questions about Orion's Rocket

Jason Davis • November 26, 2014

When Orion launches next week, you may notice something alarming: The spacecraft's rocket sort of catches itself on fire. But not to worry, says United Launch Alliance.

In Pictures: Expedition 42 Crew Launches to Station

Jason Davis • November 24, 2014

Three more humans are in space today following the launch of Soyuz TMA-15M from the chilly steppes of Kazakhstan.

How NASA Plans to Land Humans on Mars

Jason Davis • November 20, 2014 • 2

On the surface, NASA's humans to Mars plans seem vague and disjointed. But that's because the agency is playing the long game. Right now, it may be the only game they can play.

With New Horizons Ready to Wake Up, Scientists Prepare for Pluto Encounter

Jason Davis • November 14, 2014 • 2

When New Horizons wakes up for the final time on Dec. 6, scientists will spend six weeks preparing for the start of the spacecraft's Pluto encounter.

LightSail Gets Burn Wire Redesign for Round 2 of Vibration Tests

Jason Davis • November 13, 2014 • 7

The Planetary Society's LightSail-A spacecraft is less than three weeks away from an expected go/no-go decision on whether the CubeSat will be launched into space for a shakedown cruise next year.

In Pictures: Expedition 41 Crew Returns to Earth

Jason Davis • November 10, 2014

The crew of Expedition 41 is safely back on Earth following a 165-day stay aboard the International Space Station.

An Early Preview of Orion's Maiden Voyage

Jason Davis • November 07, 2014 • 4

NASA's Orion spacecraft is just four weeks away from its first test flight. Here's an early preview of the mission.

TPS at DPS: A Screening of Desert Moon, Advocacy with Casey Dreier, and a Sagan Lecture

Jason Davis • November 06, 2014 • 3

The Planetary Society will be well-represented at next week's Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Tucson, Ariz.

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