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What the recent budget deal means for NASA

Casey Dreier • August 07, 2019 • 7

A bigger budgetary pie allows the space agency's budget to grow—for one year at least.

LightSail 2 Nears 2 Weeks of Solar Sailing

Jason Davis • August 06, 2019 • 4

The high point of the spacecraft's orbit around the Earth on Monday was 729 kilometers, an increase of 3.2 kilometers since sail deployment.

Lunar Orbiter Longjiang-2 Smashes into Moon

Andrew Jones • August 05, 2019 • 1

Don’t worry, this was a planned end for a tiny satellite that has been a huge success.

LightSail 2 Spacecraft Successfully Demonstrates Flight by Light

Jason Davis • July 31, 2019 • 17

In the past 4 days, the spacecraft has raised its orbital high point, or apogee, by about 2 kilometers.

LightSail 2 Successfully Deploys Solar Sail

Jason Davis • July 24, 2019 • 7

Images from The Planetary Society's spacecraft confirm the solar sails deployed on 23 July 2019 at 11:47 PDT (18:47 UTC).

Chandrayaan-2 Launches for the Moon

Jatan Mehta • July 22, 2019 • 1

Liftoff atop the country’s GSLV Mk III rocket occurred on 22 July at 14:43 IST (09:13 UTC).

Live Coverage: LightSail 2 Sail Deployment

Jason Davis • July 19, 2019 • 9

Visit planetary.org/live for video and audio from mission control, located at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California.

LightSail 2 Sail Deployment Scheduled for Tuesday

Jason Davis • July 19, 2019

The target ground station pass for deployment starts 23 July 2019 at roughly 11:22 PDT (18:22 UTC).

LightSail 2 Team Continues Tweaks and Tests for Sail Deployment

Jason Davis • July 17, 2019 • 3

Spare bandwidth during ground station passes has allowed flight controllers to downlink 2 new high-resolution images.

What the Shoemaker-Levy 9 Impact Taught Us

Heidi Hammel • July 15, 2019 • 2

Twenty-five years ago, multiple fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 crashed into Jupiter, changing the face of the planet and the course of planetary science.

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