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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.
• October 26, 2015
At Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo engineers loaded a P-POD replica into the partially assembled frame of the Prox-1 spacecraft. The meetup was a fit check to make sure the two pieces of hardware fit together as designed.
• October 16, 2015
On opposite sides of the United States, teams are starting the testing process to prepare two spacecraft for a one-of-a-kind in-space rendezvous.
• September 25, 2015
LightSail's burn wire, the mission-critical component responsible for releasing the spacecraft's solar panels, will get a backup ahead of next year's solar sailing mission.
• September 21, 2015
For less than $50, you can download images from NOAA satellites using your laptop and a small radio antenna.
• August 18, 2015
A cluster of small mirrors will be added to LightSail's aft hull to allow engineers to precisely track its position as it sails around the planet next year.
• August 11, 2015
The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft has been nominated for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Small Satellite Technical Committee Mission of the Year 2015 award.
• July 16, 2015
The LightSail team held a workshop in Pasadena to discuss lessons learned from the test mission and plan for the second flight in 2016.
• July 01, 2015
LightSail project manager Doug Stetson, who helped bring the program from a storage shelf to low-Earth orbit, is passing the torch.
• June 19, 2015
A thank-you to all the space enthusiasts who helped track LightSail during its 25-day test mission.
• June 15, 2015
The LightSail test mission is officially over. Following a 25-day stay in low-Earth orbit, the spacecraft tumbled back into Earth’s atmosphere Sunday afternoon.
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