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Emily LakdawallaJune 8, 2010

IKAROS team proceeds with final stage of sail deployment!

Just a brief update on IKAROS: According to their blog (and with the help of Google Translate and "akibow" and "punkboi" at unmannedspaceflight.com) JAXA has decided to proceed with the final stage of IKAROS' sail deployment; in fact, if everything went well, it should already have happened. I'll look for news and post an update when I hear anything about how it went! This later post states that IKAROS is still healthy but seems to indicate that further news about the deployment will not be posted until Wednesday afternoon in Japan.

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