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More LightSail Day-in-the-Life Multimedia, and a Community Image Processing Challenge

Jason Davis • September 30, 2014

We have more multimedia from LightSail's day-in-the-life test, as well as a request for some community image processing help.

Using Lasers to Lock Down Exoplanet Hunting

Bruce Betts • September 26, 2014

The Planetary Society is launching a new collaboration with Yale exoplanet hunter Debra Fischer and her team, the Exoplanets Laser project. We will support the purchase of an advanced, ultra stable laser to be used in a complex system they are designing to push radial velocity exoplanet hunting to a whole whole new level.

LightSail Sails through Day-in-the-Life Test

Jason Davis • September 24, 2014

The Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft passed a major system test in which its solar sails were deployed for the first time in two years.

LightSail Radio Update: New Answers, New Questions

Jason Davis • September 03, 2014

Two weeks after radio anomalies scrubbed LightSail's day-in-the-life test, the team continues to close in on the source of the problem.

Submit Predictions to Fly in an Asteroid Time Capsule

Bruce Betts • September 02, 2014

You have four weeks left (until September 30, 2014) to submit names to send to an asteroid, and now you can also separately submit space exploration predictions or images to send in a time capsule to and from that same asteroid. Both sets of information will fly etched on microchips on board the NASA OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.

Back on the Rails with OSETI

Bruce Betts • August 28, 2014

The Planetary Society sponsored all-sky optical SETI search at Harvard University went off the rails, telescope roof rails that is, but it is back on track and hunting the sky for ET.

Radio Problems Scrub LightSail's Day-in-the-Life Test

Jason Davis • August 22, 2014

A pesky radio problem that has occasionally stymied LightSail has returned, scrubbing the mission's day-in-the-life test.

[email protected] Finds Some Stardust

Amir Alexander • August 21, 2014

What’s new at [email protected], the groundbreaking program that asked volunteers to help find interstellar dust particles collected by the spacecraft Stardust.

Interstellar Dust Grains Found by [email protected]

Bruce Betts • August 15, 2014

Seven possible interstellar dust grains have been found by [email protected], a citizen scientist project that The Planetary Society helped out early on. The dust grains would be the first ever examples of contemporary interstellar dust.

LightSail Prepares for Its Day-in-the-Life Test

Jason Davis • August 12, 2014

LightSail-A's radio system has been fixed, and the spacecraft is now preparing for its August 20 day-in-the-life test.

Watch a Recap of LightSail's Live LightSail Launch Announcement

Jason Davis • August 07, 2014

Watch a recap of The Planetary Society's live LightSail Launch Announcement, which took place July 9 at the KPCC Crawford Family Forum.

Planetary Society Selected as Mars 2020 Camera Partner

Bruce Betts • July 31, 2014

The Planetary Society has been selected as an education outreach partner on the just-selected NASA Mars 2020 Mastcam-Z instrument, led by Jim Bell, Planetary Society Board president and Arizona State University professor.

LightSail 1 Has a Blown Radio Amplifier. Now What?

Jason Davis • July 23, 2014

LightSail 1's blown radio amplifier doesn't affect the 2016 SpaceX Falcon Heavy mission, but it adds an unwelcome obstacle to the 2015 test mission's ever-shortening timetable.

LightSail update: Launch dates

Jason Davis • July 09, 2014

I’m excited to report some big news on The Planetary Society’s LightSail project: actual launch dates on actual launch vehicles!

LightSail update: Of booms and pretty pictures

Jason Davis • July 01, 2014

The latest series of LightSail boom deployment tests went smoothly, paving the way for a full system test later in July.

LightSail is Ready for Launch! Join Us as the Countdown Begins

Jennifer Vaughn • June 27, 2014

We hope you can be with us as we make a major announcement about our solar sail spacecraft, LightSail 1.

NASA selects Planetary Society LIFE Proposal

Bruce Betts • June 19, 2014

NASA has selected a Planetary Society proposal to study accommodation of the Society’s LIFE (Living Interplanetary Flight Experiment) biomodule on NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).

LightSail update: Three steps forward, one step back

Jason Davis • June 18, 2014

The LightSail team has found potential workarounds to solve the spacecraft’s boom deployment problems, but more analysis lies ahead.

LightSail Update: Boom Deployment Diagnosis Continues

Jason Davis • June 11, 2014

The LightSail team continues to investigate problems with the spacecraft’s boom deployment system that postponed a flight system test earlier this month.

LightSail update: Flight system test delayed

Jason Davis • June 04, 2014

LightSail's flight system test has been delayed pending resolution of problems that cropped up during deployment of the spacecraft’s solar sail booms.

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