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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.

In Pictures: Orion, SLS Hardware on the Move

Jason Davis • November 06, 2015

November is shaping up to be a busy month for Orion and Space Launch System hardware. A human-rated flight engine is in the test stand at Stennis Space Center, and a version of Orion's service module is getting ready to cross the Atlantic.

On Station's 15th Anniversary, A Look at Astronaut Utilization

Jason Davis • November 04, 2015

An analysis by The Planetary Society shows that in the post-space shuttle era, NASA astronauts spend roughly 33 percent less time aboard the International Space Station than their Russian counterparts.

At Mars Workshop, Science and Human Spaceflight Find Common Ground

Jason Davis • October 29, 2015 • 2

An update from NASA’s First Human Landing Sites/Exploration Zones on Mars Workshop at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas.

Where Should Humans Land on Mars? Workshop to Discuss Possibilities

Jason Davis • October 27, 2015 • 21

This week in Houston, Texas, scientists are gathering to discuss where humans should first land and explore on the surface of Mars.

LightSail Deployer Passes Prox-1 Fit Check

Jason Davis • October 26, 2015

At Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo engineers loaded a P-POD replica into the partially assembled frame of the Prox-1 spacecraft. The meetup was a fit check to make sure the two pieces of hardware fit together as designed.

SLS Sheds White Paint, Completes Critical Design Review

Jason Davis • October 22, 2015 • 7

NASA's Space Launch System officially shed the core stage's white paint job in favor of the vehicle's natural, orange-colored insulation.

Enhanced Cygnus Arrives at KSC ahead of Atlas V-powered Cargo Run

Jason Davis • October 20, 2015 • 2

Orbital ATK is a month-and-a-half away from resuming cargo runs to the International Space Station.

LightSail and Prox-1 Start Testing and Integration Process

Jason Davis • October 16, 2015

On opposite sides of the United States, teams are starting the testing process to prepare two spacecraft for a one-of-a-kind in-space rendezvous.

NASA-sponsored SmallSats Get Dedicated Rides to Space

Jason Davis • October 14, 2015

NASA-sponsored small satellites will soon have dedicated rides to space, thanks to a new, light-duty rocket program called Venture Class Launch Services, or VCLS.

NASA's Journey to Mars Report: A Plan to Form a Strategy for a Concept

Jason Davis • October 12, 2015 • 6

NASA released a much-anticipated strategy document outlining the agency's next steps for getting humans to Mars, but the report lacks details. What should we make of it?

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