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LightSail Mission Ends As Spacecraft Burns Up In Earth's Atmosphere

The LightSail-A mission is over, following a flight deemed a success by The Planetary Society. What could this mission mean for the future of spaceflight?

Space June 15, 2015

LightSail Snaps Selfie As Planetary Society Declares Troubled Mission A Success

The Planetary Society is declaring LightSail a success after the spacecraft unfurled its solar sail. Like any tourist to space, LightSail took a selfie.

Space June 9, 2015

LightSail Deploys Solar Sail But Fails To Return Useful Images To The Planetary Society

The LightSail spacecraft has unfurled its solar sail for the first time, and returned its first images. Unfortunately, they are not what the Planetary Society was hoping for.

Space June 8, 2015

LightSail Spacecraft Has Come Back From The Dead To Unfurl Its Solar Sail

Controllers reestablish contact with experimental solar sail spacecraft and unfurl the sail the size of a basketball court. Bill Nye the Science Guy, head of the Planetary Society, tweets of the success.

Space June 7, 2015

LightSail Spacecraft Loses Contact With Earth - Now Planetary Society May Need To Turn It Off And Back On Again

The Planetary Society launched LightSail into space, and now communication with that craft has been lost. How are ground controllers dealing with the problem?

Space May 29, 2015

Lightsail Launches Successfully On Mission To Ride Sunlight For The Planetary Society

The world's first solar sail spacecraft is in orbit around the Earth, testing out futuristic technologies. What is next for the Lightsail program?

Space May 23, 2015

X-37B Space Plane Launches On Mystery Mission As LightSail Hitches A Ride

The U.S. Air Force has successfully launched an X-37B plane into orbit on a secret mission. Going along for a test ride was the new LightSail space vehicle, designed by the Planetary Society.

Space May 20, 2015

NASA Releases New Report Regarding Mars Mission: 2039 Mars Landing Planned

Undeterred by looming budget cuts, NASA continues planning to bring humans to Mars, and a workshop discussion has revealed the plan is indeed feasible albeit needing some budgetary work-arounds.

Space April 3, 2015

LightSail Spacecraft to Sail on Sunlight by Catching and Reflecting Photons

LightSail spacecraft will use sunlight as power by unfurling four large sails to catch and reflect photons in sunlight, its developers say. Tiny spacecraft, just a foot long, can extend giant sails on 13-foot extendable booms.

Space January 26, 2015

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