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Would you like to see the latest data from The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft—possibly before flight controllers have even seen it? Now you can!
The mission team is working through a 73-step checklist to check out the spacecraft’s systems and perform various tests.
The mission team received LightSail 2's first signals on 2 July at 01:34 PDT (08:34 UTC), as the spacecraft passed over Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California.
The test showed Orion can blast itself away from the Space Launch System if the big rocket fails while attempting to fly to orbit.
Sporting 8 rotors and a nuclear power source like the Mars Curiosity rover, Dragonfly will launch in 2026 and arrive at Titan in 2034.
The Planetary Society's solar sail CubeSat lifted off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida on 25 June at 02:30 EDT (06:30 UTC).
The Planetary Society's solar sailing spacecraft is ready to take flight. We got an up-close look at its ride to orbit.
LightSail 2 is one of 24 spacecraft hitching a ride to orbit as part of the U.S. Air Force's STP-2 mission.
Our preview guide outlines the LightSail 2 mission from start to finish.
While LightSail 1 and 2 look nearly identical at a glance, there are a few important hardware differences between the two spacecraft.
The reflective softball-sized sphere will give the spacecraft a visual guide during a second potential sample collection.
Next Stop: Space!
The spacecraft is healthy and safe, but time is running out to collect a second sample from asteroid Ryugu.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is currently sweeping arcs between the asteroid's north and south poles.
The Planetary Society's solar sail spacecraft will lift off 22 June 2019 on a mission to demonstrate the power of sunlight for propulsion.
The Planetary Society's solar sailing CubeSat is officially on the road to launch.
Hayabusa2's SCI experiment fell toward Ryugu for 40 minutes before detonating about 300 meters above the surface.
India's combination lunar orbiter, lander, and rover spacecraft was previously scheduled to lift off in May.
Each year, we ask our Shoemaker NEO Grant winners to help us tell the world about their work. Here's what they said.
The extent of the accident is unclear, but a plume of orange smoke was visible from miles away.