July 1, 2013
1956, I was 14 yrs old and what we did every day is go to the beach for fun. i remember at the beach staring at these individual bright lights zipping back and forth in the blue sky above. never before seen. we joked and laughed, but somewhere I began to wonder just what these circular bright objects might be? their flight patterns were totally unearthly. no, it was not the Sputnik the Russians sent up that year, although one could see it, the Sputnik, at night. one thought remained with me since then. it was a dream that i would still be alive that day we Earthlings made contact with another race, a race from beyond Earth. it might be a good day, it might be a very bad day for us here on Earth.
In 2016, The Planetary Society’s LightSail program will take the technology a step further.