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LightSail sails-out image 2 (partially complete)

LightSail sails-out image 2 (partially complete)

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Emily Lakdawalla / The Planetary Society

LightSail sails-out image 2 (partially complete)
This image of LightSail's deployed solar sails was captured on June 8, during the same imaging sequence that produced the first complete sail deployment image. The spacecraft rotated during the imaging sequence, bringing Earth into the field of view between the spacecraft's solar sail booms. The image was only partially downloaded; engineers have yet to decide whether to complete the image given the limited amount of time remaining in the mission. The "V" shape could be related to the sun glint seen in the first image.

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Original image data dated on or about June 8, 2015

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