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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.

Lunar orbit beckons: NASA’s next four years of human spaceflight

Jason Davis • December 14, 2016 • 10

Our six-part Horizon Goal series concludes with a look at the future of NASA's human spaceflight program. As NASA prepares to set up shop beyond low-Earth orbit for the first time since 1972, are changes coming for the agency's Space Launch System rocket and Orion crew capsule?

Ground finale? Deployment test moves LightSail 2 closer to handoff

Jason Davis • December 06, 2016 • 2

LightSail 2 successfully demonstrated all of its critical functions during what may have been the CubeSat's final end-to-end systems test at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Review: New book brings artistry of Apollo photos to your living room

Jason Davis • December 05, 2016 • 2

Jason Davis reviews a new photo book showcasing a stunning collection of images taken by NASA's Apollo astronauts from 1968 through 1972.

What's the matter with Russia's rockets?

Jason Davis • December 02, 2016 • 9

Fifteen Russian rockets have failed in the past 6 years. Of those mishaps, all but two involved upper stages. So what's going on? The problem may actually lie far beyond the country's aerospace industry.

ISS-bound Progress spacecraft fails to reach orbit, breaks apart over southern Siberia

Jason Davis • December 01, 2016

This morning's launch of an uncrewed Russian Progress cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station went awry. Following a third-stage failure, the vehicle reentered Earth's atmosphere and broke apart over southern Siberia in Russia.

Review: Arrival’s surprising message of happiness and hope for humanity

Jason Davis • November 30, 2016 • 6

In a review of the new sci-fi film Arrival, Jason Davis says there's a lot to like about the movie's surprising message of happiness and hope for humanity.

Rocket Road Trip: Watch a new video series on NASA's human spaceflight program

Jason Davis • November 28, 2016 • 1

The Planetary Society debuts a new, five-part video series on NASA's human spaceflight program. We went on a 10-day, 450-mile journey throughout the southern U.S. to see how the agency is preparing to send humans beyond low-Earth orbit for the first time since 1972.

The diverse ‘village’ behind Peggy Whitson, NASA's barrier-breaking astronaut

Jason Davis • November 16, 2016

During the run-up to her third mission, veteran NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson has shifted the focus from herself to the team of trainers and technicians at Johnson Space Center.

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.

Stressed about the election? Take a beautiful video tour of the International Space Station

Jason Davis • November 04, 2016 • 3

As the stressful election season draws to a close, a stunning new video tour of the International Space Station offers a reminder of what humans can do when we put aside our differences and work together.

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