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Jason Davis is the editorial director for The Planetary Society. He oversees and contributes to the Society's editorial content, including articles, stories, educational web pages, images, infographics, podcasts and videos.

Mars 2020 Rover almost Assembled

Jason Davis • August 22, 2019 • 1

Last week, technicians installed the carousel that holds the tools and drill bits that will be used to collect samples for future return to Earth.

So long, MarCO, and thanks for the radio transmissions

Jason Davis • February 05, 2019

NASA says it does not expect to receive any more transmissions from the MarCO CubeSats that accompanied Insight to Mars last year.

MAVEN, in orbit around Mars, snaps anniversary selfie

Jason Davis • October 08, 2018

The spacecraft used its ultraviolet spectrograph imager for the job, and one frame shows Mars in the background.

False alarm: Here's why people thought Opportunity phoned home last week

Jason Davis • August 21, 2018 • 4

It was a signal from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, not Opportunity, that showed up on a Deep Space Network dashboard last week.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk updates Mars colonization plans

Jason Davis • September 29, 2017 • 9

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk presented an updated version of his Mars colonization plans today, during a widely anticipated talk at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

NASA considers kicking Mars sample return into high gear

Jason Davis • August 28, 2017 • 11

Thus far, no plan has solidified on how to get soil and rock samples from the upcoming Mars 2020 rover back to Earth. That is starting to change.

Congress gives NASA's planetary science division some love (and a Mars orbiter)

Jason Davis • July 19, 2017 • 1

The House of Representatives proposed $2.1 billion for NASA's planetary science budget, which would be an all-time high. Part of the increase would be used to start work on a new reconnaissance and communications orbiter.

A week in the solar system

Jason Davis • November 10, 2016 • 1

A roundup of pretty pictures and news from our robotic ambassadors around the solar system, from November 4 through 8.

Mars 2020 rover rolls into final design and fabrication phase

Jason Davis • July 15, 2016 • 9

NASA's next Mars rover is rolling off the drawing board and into its final design and fabrication phase, the agency announced today, during a televised event at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory that highlighted some of the mission's technology.

NASA Could Choose Mars Human Landing Site during next Presidential Administration

Jason Davis • January 22, 2016

The place NASA intends to the land the first humans on Mars could be selected during the next presidential administration, according to the agency’s planetary science division director, Jim Green.

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