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LightSail Project Updates

LightSail 2 Enters Extended Mission Phase

The Planetary Society • June 17, 2020 • 2

One year after launch, The Planetary Society’s solar sail spacecraft is embarking on an extended mission dedicated to further advancing solar sailing technology.

Ten New Pictures from LightSail 2

The Planetary Society • May 04, 2020

Images from around the globe, plus some night pictures and the spacecraft's solar panels.

Your Impact

The Planetary Report • March Equinox 2020

Celebrating Shoemaker Grant winners, Society awards, and volunteer efforts around the world.

Here's What We've Learned So Far from LightSail 2

Jason Davis • January 10, 2020

A new paper recaps mission events, discusses solar sail performance, and describes how the spacecraft's orbit has changed.

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.

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