• September 06, 2019
We've got 2 fish-eye pictures of the spacecraft's solar sail from opposite cameras, and we're hoping they can be combined.
• September 03, 2019
A new issue of The Planetary Report brings you our pride in the success of LightSail 2 and our gratitude to our members for making it happen. Plus Venus science from Akatsuki and Venus Express, and the status of planetary defense.
The Planetary Report • September Solstice 2019
Your LightSail 2 spacecraft is in space, controlling its orbit solely on the power of sunlight.
• August 23, 2019
LightSail 2's orbital high point around the Earth has raised by 7.2 kilometers, without any conventional fuel.
• August 14, 2019
If your latitude is within 42 degrees of the equator, there's a chance you may be able to spot LightSail 2's reflective solar sail.
• August 06, 2019
The high point of the spacecraft's orbit around the Earth on Monday was 729 kilometers, an increase of 3.2 kilometers since sail deployment.
• July 31, 2019
In the past 4 days, the spacecraft has raised its orbital high point, or apogee, by about 2 kilometers.
• July 24, 2019
Images from The Planetary Society's spacecraft confirm the solar sails deployed on 23 July 2019 at 11:47 PDT (18:47 UTC).
• July 19, 2019
Visit planetary.org/live for video and audio from mission control, located at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California.
• July 19, 2019
The target ground station pass for deployment starts 23 July 2019 at roughly 11:22 PDT (18:22 UTC).
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