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2 March 2020
Learn why and how we study exoplanets, and how you can get involved.
Scientists are searching for 100 Earth-like planets around other stars, and you can help.
Swapna Krishna ● 12 March 2020
The habitable zone is the not-too-hot, not-too-cold region around a star where liquid water can exist.
Emily Lakdawalla ● 2 March 2020
Lava worlds. Hot Jupiters. Earth 2.0 candidates. Here's a rundown of some notable exoplanets.
Emily Lakdawalla & Staff ● 2 March 2020
Some methods almost sound like science fiction: Using gravity as a magnifying glass, watching stars wobble at turtle-like speeds, and searching for tiny dips in starlight.
WFIRST, NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, is the next step in our hunt for Earth-sized exoplanets.
• July 31, 2019
In the past 4 days, the spacecraft has raised its orbital high point, or apogee, by about 2 kilometers.
• July 24, 2019
Images from The Planetary Society's spacecraft confirm the solar sails deployed on 23 July 2019 at 11:47 PDT (18:47 UTC).
• July 19, 2019
Visit planetary.org/live for video and audio from mission control, located at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California.
• July 19, 2019
The target ground station pass for deployment starts 23 July 2019 at roughly 11:22 PDT (18:22 UTC).
• July 17, 2019
Spare bandwidth during ground station passes has allowed flight controllers to downlink 2 new high-resolution images.
• July 09, 2019
Sail deployment is now scheduled for no earlier than 21 July 2019.
• July 07, 2019
Pictures taken by the spacecraft's cameras Friday evening show a crescent Earth, as LightSail 2 heads into orbital sunset.
• July 05, 2019
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!
• July 03, 2019
The mission team is working through a 73-step checklist to check out the spacecraft’s systems and perform various tests.
• July 02, 2019
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.
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