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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.

Crew Dragon Test Vehicle Suffers Mishap during Engine Testing

Jason Davis • April 20, 2019 • 2

The extent of the accident is unclear, but a plume of orange smoke was visible from miles away.

Software Command to Fix Faulty Sensor Doomed Beresheet

Jason Davis • April 17, 2019

Six days after SpaceIL's Beresheet spacecraft crash-landed on the Moon, we now have an explanation for what went wrong.

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Flies Again; LightSail 2 Is Next!

Jason Davis • April 11, 2019 • 7

SpaceX also went three-for-three on booster landings, marking another milestone for its Falcon Heavy rocket.

Beresheet Comes Close before Crashing on the Moon

Jason Davis • April 11, 2019 • 4

Mission controllers announced Beresheet had a problem with its main engine, and the spacecraft stopped transmitting shortly thereafter.

Beresheet is about to Land on the Moon

Jason Davis • April 10, 2019

A successful landing will make SpaceIL the first private organization, and Israel the fourth country, to soft-land on the Moon.

Hayabusa2 Safe and Sound after Blasting New Crater on Ryugu

Jason Davis • April 04, 2019 • 1

Hayabusa2 successfully used its explosive-packed SCI experiment to create an artificial crater on asteroid Ryugu.

Beresheet Has Entered Lunar Orbit!

Jason Davis • April 04, 2019

SpaceIL's Beresheet Moon lander successfully entered lunar orbit today after a 6-minute engine burn that began at 14:18 UTC / 10:18 EDT.

What to Expect When Hayabusa2 Blows a Hole in Asteroid Ryugu

Jason Davis • April 01, 2019 • 1

The Hayabusa 2 spacecraft will deploy its Small Carry-on Impactor experiment, SCI, on 5 April.

Beresheet Gears up for Lunar Rendezvous

Jason Davis • March 28, 2019

The Israeli spacecraft is set to enter lunar orbit on 4 April at 17:57 UTC (13:57 EDT).

OSIRIS-REx sees Bennu spewing stuff into space

Jason Davis • March 19, 2019 • 1

The asteroid's rotation rate is also increasing, and scientists continue refining the plan to collect a regolith sample next year.

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