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Jason Davis' blogs from 2018

Funpost! I do solemnly swear

Jason Davis • April 26, 2018

A far-from-comprehensive look at the oath of office.

Pew pew! Lasers will help determine where LightSail 2 is

Jason Davis • April 25, 2018

The International Laser Ranging Service, or ILRS, will lend its services to the LightSail 2 mission.

Funpost! Can you name a space vehicle for each letter of the alphabet?

Jason Davis • April 19, 2018

There are NASA choices for all letters except Y and Z; for those two, you'll need to go international.

Recap: Breakthrough Discuss 2018

Jason Davis • April 18, 2018

If you had a spaceship and could take it anywhere in the solar system to search for life, where would you go?

Funpost! A funny thing happened on the way to the Moon

Jason Davis • April 12, 2018

A few ripping good yarns from 1969. And a truly terrifying cartoon.

Preview: NASA's TESS prepares for 2-year exoplanet hunting mission

Jason Davis • April 09, 2018

The spacecraft is expected to discover 50 new Earth-sized planets and as many as 500 planets smaller than twice the size of Earth.

Funpost! A milk commercial in space

Jason Davis • April 05, 2018

That time the Russians filmed a milk commercial aboard the Mir space station.

Thursday Funpost! Excerpts from the new book Rocket Billionaires

Jason Davis • March 29, 2018

Did you know NASA required SpaceX to carry life insurance for Elon Musk?

How the heck did NASA (and science) get such a good 2018 budget?

Jason Davis • March 28, 2018

Congress outright rejected most of the Trump administration's controversial science cuts.

Funpost! The transportation of humans to foreign planets

Jason Davis • March 22, 2018

For this week's Funpost, Jason answers 11 questions about humans exploring Mars.

Book Review: The Space Barons

Jason Davis • March 21, 2018

A new book focuses on the eccentric leaders of SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic.

LightSail 2 doubles the fun with double integrations

Jason Davis • March 20, 2018

LightSail 2 is integrated in Prox-1! It's another important step toward launch day.

Throwback Thursday Funpost! That time I created work for the ISS crew

Jason Davis • March 15, 2018

An important American flag is lost and found aboard the International Space Station.

If you come at the Space Launch System, you best not miss

Jason Davis • March 09, 2018

Getting NASA out of the rocket business is more complicated than you think.

Throwback Thursday Funpost! A spacewalk in deep space

Jason Davis • March 08, 2018

Only three humans have ever been on a spacewalk in the void between the Earth and Moon.

LightSail 2 launch update

Jason Davis • March 02, 2018

The Planetary Society's solar sailing CubeSat is scheduled to head to space during a 60-day period starting on June 13.

NASA has a Moon landing plan—sort of

Jason Davis • March 01, 2018

It's a gradual, stepped approach, envisioning human spaceflight, planetary science, and commercial partners all working together.

Some snark (and details!) about NASA's proposed lunar space station

Jason Davis • February 26, 2018

So long, Deep Space Gateway. You've been replaced with the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway.

Goodbye, ISS. Hello, private space stations?

Jason Davis • February 20, 2018

The International Space Station may go away in 2025. Will private space stations be ready to fill the gap?

Simulating Mars in the Middle East

Jason Davis • February 15, 2018

The Austrian Space Forum is leading a four-week Mars mission in Oman's Dhofar Desert.

Here are some takeaways from today's NASA budget proposal

Jason Davis • February 12, 2018

The White House's budget proposes $19.9 billion for NASA.

Falcon Heavy launches successfully!

Jason Davis • February 06, 2018

SpaceX is now the proud owner of the world's most powerful operational rocket.

Reporter's notebook: 'Twas the night before Falcon Heavy

Jason Davis • February 05, 2018

We're now less than a day away from SpaceX's Falcon Heavy test flight! Here's a recap of today's news.

Let's talk about Elon Musk launching his Tesla into space

Jason Davis • February 05, 2018

Hop in, it'll be eternity 'till we make it to M83.

Preview: Succeed or fail, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy test sure to be a blast

Jason Davis • February 01, 2018

Possible outcomes of next week's test include an explosion or a car launched into orbit around the Sun.

Creating a guidebook for Earth's hypothetical twin

Jason Davis • January 25, 2018

Early Earth's atmosphere wasn't a place for humans. Yet the planet had microbial life—something we should keep in mind for exoplanets.

Here's our rolling list of space things affected by the U.S. government shutdown

Jason Davis and Emily Lakdawalla • January 22, 2018

The International Space Station stays open for business; everything else is at least somewhat affected.

Let's talk about NASA's latest commercial crew delay

Jason Davis • January 17, 2018

SpaceX and Boeing might not be certified to carry astronauts to the International Space Station until 2019 or 2020.

No plumes? No problem. How Europa Clipper will analyze an icy moon's ocean

Jason Davis • January 11, 2018

Europa doesn't have grandiose plumes like Enceladus. So how will the Clipper mission figure out what's in Europa's ocean?

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