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LightSail Project Updates

Planetary Society Talks Europa, Planetary Defense, and Solar Sailing in Washington D.C.

Jason Davis • November 01, 2019

Thanks to our members and donors, The Planetary Society participated in several activities at the 2019 International Astronautical Conference.

“I Talk to It Every Day”: Students are Vital Members of LightSail 2 Team

Jason Davis • October 17, 2019

More than 50,000 people supported LightSail 2. But only one person can talk to the spacecraft at a time, and it's often a student.

Bill Nye, Planetary Society Staff Listen to LightSail 2 Signal

Jason Davis • September 19, 2019

When LightSail 2 recently flew south of The Planetary Society's headquarters, CEO Bill Nye and other staff members stepped outside to listen.

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

Jason Davis • September 06, 2019 • 1

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.

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.

How to See LightSail 2 in the Night Sky

Jason Davis • August 14, 2019 • 5

If your latitude is within 42 degrees of the equator, there's a chance you may be able to spot LightSail 2's reflective solar sail.

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.

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.

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