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Jason Davis is a digital editor for The Planetary Society. He writes about the world's space exploration missions and the Society's science and technology projects.

Thank You, LightSail Trackers

Jason Davis • June 19, 2015 • 2

A thank-you to all the space enthusiasts who helped track LightSail during its 25-day test mission.

LightSail Test Mission Ends with Fiery Reentry

Jason Davis • June 15, 2015 • 7

The LightSail test mission is officially over. Following a 25-day stay in low-Earth orbit, the spacecraft tumbled back into Earth’s atmosphere Sunday afternoon.

In Pictures: LightSail’s Final Days in Space

Jason Davis • June 12, 2015 • 7

LightSail’s brief stay in orbit is almost over. Here are a few photos and videos of the spacecraft from observers around the world.

Pretty (Partial) Picture: LightSail Catches a Glimpse of Earth

Jason Davis • June 10, 2015 • 3

With the team still trying to download an image from LightSail's second camera, Emily Lakdawalla processed a partial image from the first camera that contains a slice of Earth.

LightSail Test Mission Declared Success; First Image Complete

Jason Davis • June 09, 2015 • 22

The Planetary Society’s LightSail test mission successfully completed its primary objective of deploying a solar sail in low-Earth orbit.

Sails in Space: Partial Photo, Video and Light Curve (Updated)

Jason Davis • June 08, 2015 • 7

It’s official: The sails are out. This afternoon, LightSail mission controllers downlinked a partial image of the spacecraft’s solar sails in space.

Deployment! LightSail Boom Motor Whirrs to Life

Jason Davis • June 07, 2015 • 16

LightSail's tiny solar sail deployment motor sprung to life Sunday afternoon, marking an important milestone for The Planetary Society’s nail-biting test mission.

LightSail Drama Continues as Spacecraft Wakes for Second Time

Jason Davis • June 06, 2015 • 6

LightSail is back in business, following the second extended outage of the test spacecraft’s mission. The CubeSat checked in at 2:21 p.m. EDT Saturday.

LightSail Falls Silent; Battery Glitch Suspected

Jason Davis • June 04, 2015 • 10

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.

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

Jason Davis • June 03, 2015 • 1

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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