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‘Mission success’: Solar sail shifts its orbit

It may be “mission accomplished” for the Planetary Society’s solar sail experiment, but its privately funded LightSail 2 mission is far from over. Five weeks after LightSail 2’s launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, the nonprofit membership society celebrated the … Continue reading

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LightSail 2 opens up in orbit to fly on sunshine

The nonprofit Planetary Society says its LightSail 2 experiment spread out its solar sails today, nearly a month after it took a piggyback ride to orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. Following through on 2015’s LightSail 1 mission, this latest flight is designed … Continue reading

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‘Orbit-first’ Mars plan goes public: Will it fly?

The nonprofit Planetary Society has laid out a detailed blueprint for sending astronauts to the Martian moon Phobos in 2033 and then touching down on Mars itself beginning in 2039. The blueprint released Tuesday is based on a “Humans Orbiting Mars” workshopthat … Continue reading

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