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LightSail Falls Silent; Battery Glitch Suspected

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/06/04 05:45 CDT | 10 comments

The LightSail test spacecraft fell silent for a second time, less than a day after completing what appeared to be a successful solar panel deployment.

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LightSail Solar Panel Deployment: No Pics, but Data Look Good

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/06/03 05:55 CDT | 1 comment

LightSail didn’t send home pretty pictures of Earth today, but it did relay promising signs that its deployable solar panels swung successfully out into space.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Tours Spirit of St. Louis Crater

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2015/06/03 07:21 CDT | 1 comment

Opportunity spent a mostly merry month of May on Mars touring Spirit of St. Louis Crater, stopping at science targets named in honor of Charles Lindbergh and the incredible flight he took 88 years ago.

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LightSail Deployment Update: Panels Wednesday, Sails Friday

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/06/02 07:00 CDT | 8 comments

LightSail Mission Managers have decided to split the spacecraft’s sail deployment sequence into two segments, following an extended checkout period that wrapped up Tuesday.

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[Upated] House of Representatives Voting on NASA's 2016 Budget Today

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/06/02 01:11 CDT | 1 comment

NASA's 2016 budget is up for a major vote in the House of Representatives today, but it's just a step on the long road to a final budget in the fall.

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First Look: Partial Camera Test Images from LightSail

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/06/01 07:02 CDT | 5 comments

A jumbled JPG never looked so pretty. This afternoon, LightSail sent home pieces of two images taken by one of the spacecraft's onboard cameras.

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A (very) few more details on Pluto

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2015/06/01 04:09 CDT | 9 comments

Last week the New Horizons mission released a few new processed versions of their latest and greatest images of Pluto. They're the best images of Pluto that Earth has ever seen, but they're still a long way from what New Horizons will be able to show us, six weeks from now.

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Lonny Baker: An Appreciation

Posted by Tom Kemp on 2015/06/01 01:44 CDT

Global Volunteer Coordinator Tom Kemp pays a heartfelt tribute to The Planetary Society's first Global Volunteer Leader, Lonny Baker.

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LightSail Team Prepares for Sail Deployment

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/05/30 11:08 CDT | 8 comments

LightSail is almost ready for its moment in the sun. Mission managers are preparing for a manual solar sail deployment this week.

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Contact! LightSail Phones Home after 8-Day Silence

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/05/30 11:08 CDT | 12 comments

The Planetary Society’s LightSail test spacecraft reported for duty this afternoon, heralding the end of an uneasy silence caused by a suspected software glitch.

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