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Cosmos 1 Solar Sail will Carry CD into Orbit

Susan Lendroth • June 16, 2005

When Cosmos 1, the first solar sail spacecraft, launches on June 21, 2005, it will carry into Earth orbit a CD containing the names of over 75,000 members of The Planetary Society and the Japan Planetary Society, along with the works of early visionaries who inspired solar sailing.

The buzz begins!

Emily Lakdawalla • June 15, 2005

Yesterday, we sent out an invitation to print, TV, and Web media for the launch event we'll be holding at our Pasadena headquarters on Tuesday. So today, the buzz really began about our mission, and the phones are beginning to ring off the hook.

Cosmos 1: Another rehearsal...

Emily Lakdawalla • June 15, 2005

Rehearsals don't always go so well, which is the whole point of rehearsals. That was true both for us and for the Russians today, in separate simulations of mission operations.

Cosmos 1 "Mated" to Volna Rocket in Preparation for Tuesday Launch

Louis D. Friedman • June 15, 2005

The world’s first solar sail spacecraft, Cosmos 1, is now mated to its Volna launch vehicle and ready for its ride into space.

"Our works with the spacecraft are finished successfully."

Emily Lakdawalla • June 10, 2005

Here at Cosmos 1 Project Operations Pasadena -- or POP -- we are scrambling to get our mission operations plans and procedures ready for our launch, just 11 days from now.

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Roves Out of Sand Dune as Spirit Uncovers Clues of Past Explosions

A.J.S. Rayl • June 05, 2005

Nearly a year and a half after landing on the Red Planet, the Mars Exploration Rovers are continuing to collect important science and impress the team with their resiliency.

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.

MESSENGER Snaps Earth-Moon Image in Approach to First Flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • June 02, 2005

As MESSENGER began its approach for its August 2 flyby of Earth, its cameras have snapped their first images. The images clearly show a cloudy Earth—and, to scientists' surprise, the Moon as well.

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.

Martian Orbiter Takes Pictures of Neighboring Crafts Passing By

Amir Alexander • May 19, 2005

During April 2005, the Mars Global Surveyor happened to pass relatively close to Odyssey and Mars Express. What resulted were remarkably clear pictures of human-made spacecraft orbiting and alien world.

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