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Calling All Image Processors: Help Us Create a Top-Down View of LightSail 2

Jason Davis • September 06, 2019

We've got 2 fish-eye pictures of the spacecraft's solar sail from opposite cameras, and we're hoping they can be combined.

The September Equinox 2019 Issue of The Planetary Report Is Out!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 03, 2019

A new issue of The Planetary Report brings you our pride in the success of LightSail 2 and our gratitude to our members for making it happen. Plus Venus science from Akatsuki and Venus Express, and the status of planetary defense.

Your Impact: Mission Success!

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2019

Your LightSail 2 spacecraft is in space, controlling its orbit solely on the power of sunlight.

Where We Are

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2019

We lost and gained spacecraft at the Moon last quarter. India’s Chandrayaan-2 left Earth orbit for the Moon on 13 August, and its Vikram lander aims at a 7 September touchdown. Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter just celebrated its tenth launch anniversary. China’s smallsat Longjiang-2 crashed on 31 July, ending its successful mission.

Why I Explore

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2019

I explore space because I like feeling insignificant. I crave a dark night sky that reminds me that our Sun and even our galaxy are not unique. I find comfort in thinking about countless generations of humans looking at the same sky and asking questions similar to the ones I ask.

The State of Planetary Defense

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2019

Vishnu Reddy delivers a sober but hopeful report on our understanding of near-Earth objects, their dangers, and our readiness.

Venus’ Ocean of Air and Clouds

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2019

Javier Peralta plumbs the depths of Venus’ atmosphere through the eyes of the Venus Express and Akatsuki orbiters.

Hayabusa2 Lander Mania: Results from MASCOT, Plans for MINERVA-II2

Jason Davis • August 28, 2019 • 1

Japan's sample return spacecraft only has about 3 months left at asteroid Ryugu. Its next action will be to drop more stuff on the surface.

Here's How the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will Revolutionize Small-Body Science

Darin Ragozzine • August 26, 2019 • 1

The LSST is expected to increase the number of known small bodies by more than a factor of 10.

LightSail 2 Marks 1 Month of Solar Sailing

Jason Davis • August 23, 2019 • 1

LightSail 2's orbital high point around the Earth has raised by 7.2 kilometers, without any conventional fuel.

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