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Worldwide Network to Track Cosmos 1

Susan Lendroth • June 02, 2005

From Moscow to the Marshall Islands and California to the Czech Republic, tracking stations around the world will receive data from Cosmos 1, the world's first solar sail spacecraft after it launches on June 21, 2005.

Launching Cosmos 1 on a Soviet ICBM

Louis D. Friedman • May 25, 2005

The biggest reason that NASA—as well as other western space agencies—has not attempted a solar sail flight is that the cost of launching even a small spacecraft is so high that they are unwilling to carry out a mission with very modest goals.

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