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Jason Davis is a journalist and digital editor for The Planetary Society, trying to spread the PB&J (passion, beauty & joy) of space exploration.

LightSail Prepares for Its Day-in-the-Life Test

Jason Davis • August 12, 2014

LightSail-A's radio system has been fixed, and the spacecraft is now preparing for its August 20 day-in-the-life test.

Watch a Recap of LightSail's Live LightSail Launch Announcement

Jason Davis • August 07, 2014

Watch a recap of The Planetary Society's live LightSail Launch Announcement, which took place July 9 at the KPCC Crawford Family Forum.

Buzz Mercury's North Polar Region in This New MESSENGER Video

Jason Davis • August 05, 2014 • 1

A new video shows what a traveler aboard Mercury's MESSENGER spacecraft would see as they zipped over the planet's north polar region.

Watch "Lunar Bridgehead," a Wonderfully Campy 1964 Film about Ranger 7

Jason Davis • August 01, 2014 • 8

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released a 1964 documentary on Ranger 7 in honor of the spacecraft's fiftieth anniversary.

Landsat 8 Looks at the Supermoon

Jason Davis • July 29, 2014

Why did Landsat 8, an Earth-observing spacecraft, turn its unblinking eyes toward the July 12 supermoon?

LightSail 1 Has a Blown Radio Amplifier. Now What?

Jason Davis • July 23, 2014 • 1

LightSail 1's blown radio amplifier doesn't affect the 2016 SpaceX Falcon Heavy mission, but it adds an unwelcome obstacle to the 2015 test mission's ever-shortening timetable.

45 Years after Apollo 11, NASA Prepares for Another Big Splashdown

Jason Davis • July 17, 2014 • 2

A new version of Apollo 11's splashdown will play out when the first astronauts aboard NASA’s Orion spacecraft return to Earth.

LightSail update: Launch dates

Jason Davis • July 09, 2014 • 2

I’m excited to report some big news on The Planetary Society’s LightSail project: actual launch dates on actual launch vehicles!

Rosetta’s comet is starting to take shape

Jason Davis • July 03, 2014

A new animation of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko captured by the Rosetta spacecraft shows the comet rotating.

LightSail update: Of booms and pretty pictures

Jason Davis • July 01, 2014 • 3

The latest series of LightSail boom deployment tests went smoothly, paving the way for a full system test later in July.

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