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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.

SpaceShipTwo Feathering System Prematurely Deployed before Fatal Breakup

Jason Davis • November 03, 2014 • 1

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo disintegrated shortly after the space plane's tail stabilizers prematurely deployed, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

[Update 1] Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Destroyed in Testing Accident, 1 Dead, 1 Injured

Jason Davis • October 31, 2014 • 2

The private spaceflight company's spaceplane was destroyed in an accident over California's Mojave Desert.

LightSail Vibration Test Shakes Loose New Problems

Jason Davis • October 30, 2014 • 2

LightSail's random vibration test, meant to simulate the stress of an Atlas V rocket launch, shook loose new problems that the team will have to address.

[Update 2] Antares Rocket Explodes Seconds after Liftoff

Jason Davis • October 28, 2014 • 4

An Antares rocket fell back to the launch pad shortly after liftoff, exploding in a fireball that destroyed the vehicle.

Surveyor Digitization Project Will Bring Thousands of Unseen Lunar Images to Light

Jason Davis • October 24, 2014 • 4

A team of scientists at the University of Arizona plan to digitize 87,000 vintage images from the surface of the moon, of which less than two percent have ever been seen.

When Good Rockets Go Bad: Orion's Launch Abort System

Jason Davis • October 20, 2014 • 8

One of the tricky parts of launching humans into space is deciding what to do if something goes wrong. And that's where Orion's Launch Abort System comes in.

As Deadlines Loom, LightSail Bends but Doesn't Break

Jason Davis • October 15, 2014 • 5

The Planetary Society's LightSail 1 spacecraft is close to completing a final series of tests that pave the way for a possible 2015 test flight. But as deadlines loom, a new problem has sent the team scrambling to make a quick repair.

JPL Releases a Big, Bold Website Redesign

Jason Davis • October 09, 2014 • 2

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory released a major overhaul of its website. Here's a closer look.

Orion's Ride to Space is at the Launch Site. Why So Early?

Jason Davis • October 03, 2014 • 9

On Tuesday, Orion's massive Delta IV Heavy rocket rolled from its Horizontal Integration Facility out to the launch site. Launch is still eight weeks away. Why so early?

More LightSail Day-in-the-Life Multimedia, and a Community Image Processing Challenge

Jason Davis • September 30, 2014 • 2

We have more multimedia from LightSail's day-in-the-life test, as well as a request for some community image processing help.

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