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In Pictures: LightSail’s Rocket Rolls to the Launch Pad

Posted By Jason Davis

19-05-2015 12:39 CDT

Topics: pretty pictures, Planetary Society Projects, LightSail

The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft is now sitting on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 41. At 9:00 a.m. EDT (13:00 UTC), the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket left its Vertical Integration Facility and began a slow roll to the pad. About an hour later, it was in position over the flame trench for tomorrow’s flight. Launch is scheduled between 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. EDT (14:45 to 18:45 UTC).

Visit our LightSail Mission Control Center

For all the latest LightSail updates, including a live launch video feed courtesy of United Launch Alliance, visit our Mission Control Center at sail.planetary.org.

Atlas V LightSail Rollout

Navid Baraty / The Planetary Society

Atlas V LightSail Rollout
Atlas V LightSail Rollout

Navid Baraty / The Planetary Society

Atlas V LightSail Rollout
Atlas V LightSail Rollout

Navid Baraty / The Planetary Society

Atlas V LightSail Rollout
Atlas V LightSail Rollout

Navid Baraty / The Planetary Society

Atlas V LightSail Rollout
Atlas V LightSail Rollout

Navid Baraty / The Planetary Society

Atlas V LightSail Rollout
Atlas V LightSail Rollout

Navid Baraty / The Planetary Society

Atlas V LightSail Rollout
Atlas V LightSail Rollout

Navid Baraty / The Planetary Society

Atlas V LightSail Rollout
Atlas V LightSail Rollout

Navid Baraty / The Planetary Society

Atlas V LightSail Rollout
Atlas V LightSail Rollout

Navid Baraty / The Planetary Society

Atlas V LightSail Rollout
Atlas V LightSail Rollout

Navid Baraty / The Planetary Society

Atlas V LightSail Rollout
Atlas V LightSail Rollout

Navid Baraty / The Planetary Society

Atlas V LightSail Rollout
 
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Comments:

Arbitrary: 05/20/2015 09:18 CDT

Oops, before launch someone has to clear that guy in a hard hat away from the exhaust containment whatever stuff. (Myself I don't care, but there seems to be some formal safety protocols, and he might have some relatives who do care). Launching a solar sail to space, how hard could it be? Well, I think the pictures here tells us something about it. We haven't been floating around here on Earth for billions of years because it was easy to go somewhere else.

Jeannie: 05/20/2015 10:47 CDT

Well, we did it! The experimental #LightSail launched on time from NASA at the Cape. Wish I could have been there in person but I followed everything online and saw the launch from my front yard! How exciting to be a part of this! Congrats to everyone involved.

Tony Fisk: 05/20/2015 08:49 CDT

All this happened in the wee small hours for me, so I'm just catching up. Sounds like it went well. For some reason, I find myself looking at these pictures and humming the theme from Thunderbirds.

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