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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

LightSail laser ranging attempt, June 7 (CubeSat form)

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This video, captured by Andriy Makeyev in Crimea, shows LightSail 1 crossing the sky on June 7, 2015 at 00:20:32 UTC prior to solar sail deployment. The bright beam was used for laser ranging (no echoes were returned from LightSail). Details: EVS VNC-753-H2 CCD camera, 12cm refractor (FOV is 36'x27'). SLR station Katzively-1893, 44.3932°N, 33.9701°E, 68.7 m.

Andriy Makeyev

Original image data dated on or about June 7, 2015.

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