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LightSail 1 Passes Critical Design Review

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/06/25 12:00 CDT | 1 comments

LightSail 1, the Planetary Society's new ultra-light Cubesat-based solar sail spacecraft, has passed its Critical Design Review.

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Apply for a Shoemaker NEO Grant! Deadline extended to June 24

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/08 02:00 CDT

Amateur astronomers, get your proposals in for this year's round of Shoemaker NEO Grants!

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Firming Up the Spacecraft Design

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/05/27 12:00 CDT

The LightSail 1 spacecraft development is proceeding well. Our engineering team has completed crucial milestones to building the vehicle that will demonstrate the value and potential of using sunlight alone to propel exploratory craft through space.

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Photos of your names on the IKAROS spacecraft

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/14 03:11 CDT

IKAROS, Japan's solar sail, is nearly ready for launch, piggybacked behind the Venus orbiter Akatsuki.

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Akatsuki and IKAROS getting ready for launch, with your names aboard

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/07 04:55 CDT

I've been so focused on the dramatic return of "Mr. Hayabusa" that I've neglected to write much about two up-and-coming Japanese missions: Akatsuki and IKAROS.

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Making a difference through the Shoemaker NEO Grants

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/18 04:39 CDT

Amir Alexander has just posted an update on the activities of the most recent winners of the Shoemaker NEO Grants.

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Updates on Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2010/03/18 12:00 CDT

Our past Shoemaker NEO grant recipients have once again shown themselves to be a hardworking and enterprising group.

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Propose for a Shoemaker Near Earth Object Grant

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/17 01:39 CDT

Are you a serious amateur astronomer who enjoys the challenge of following up on the discoveries of faint near-Earth objects?

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Planetary Society Researcher Max Rocca Discovers Largest Impact Crater in South America

Posted by Amir Alexander on 2010/02/13 12:00 CST

It was January of 2004 when the elegant curve of the Vichada first caught the attention of geologist Max Rocca of Buenos Aires. Could the course of the river have been shaped by the circular outlines of an impact crater? Rocca decided to find out.

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WISE has found its first comet, P/2010 B2 (WISE)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/08 04:50 CST

Having discovered its first asteroid on January 12, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has now officially discovered its first comet, P/2010 B2 (WISE).

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What Will Be the Top Space Story in 2010?

Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2009/12/22 06:24 CST

What do you think will be the top trend in space in 2010? In his Cosmic Log on MSNBC, Alan Boyle suggests that The Planetary Society's solar sailing project may be a contender.

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Send Your Name to Venus, now with a certificate!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/09 01:46 CST

I wrote a few weeks ago about a new Send Your Name to Venus campaign conducted by the Akatsuki mission. Now The Planetary Society has arranged with JAXA to collect names and messages on our website.

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LightSail Garners News Headlines

Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2009/11/13 05:33 CST

The Planetary Society's new solar sail project -- LightSail -- has generated headlines and hundreds of news stories since it was announced on Monday.

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LightSail Featured on NPR's Science Friday

Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2009/11/12 07:37 CST

Our Executive Director Lou Friedman joins host Ira Flatow on NPR's Science Friday -- November 13 -- for a live chat about The Planetary Society's exciting new solar sail project.

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A million dollars says The Planetary Society can make a solar sail fly

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/09 03:27 CST

The Planetary Society announced today that an anonymous donor has put up one million dollars to help us get a solar sail in flight.

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FINDS Exo-Earths Starts Up: Testing the Prototype

Posted by Debra Fischer on 2009/10/30 12:00 CDT | 2 comments

The prototype that Julien constructed in the lab was taken to Lick Observatory, and we had our first-light run with the fiber in July.

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Optical SETI's Growing Capabilities

Posted by Paul Horowitz on 2009/10/28 12:00 CDT

Often, the phrase “next steps” has been known to describe things that don't actually happen. But for The Planetary Society's All-sky Optical SETI, it's different. Here's what's happened in the last year.

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Send your name to Venus with Venus Climate Orbiter (PLANET-C), now known as Akatsuki

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/10/23 12:31 CDT

The Japanese space agency's science missions have an abundance of names. They start out with a programmatic name, like MUSES-A, PLANET-A, etc. -- which might be like calling NEAR "Discovery-A" and Mars Pathfinder "Discovery-B" and so on.

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Astropulse: A Fresh Look at the Skies in Search of E.T.

Posted by Amir Alexander on 2009/08/27 12:00 CDT

If you were a member of an alien civilization trying to communicate across the immeasurable distances of space, how would you go about it?

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