Pasadena, CA (June 17, 2019) — The Planetary Society, the world’s largest independent space interest organization, will send a crowdfunded spacecraft called LightSail 2 on a historic mission to demonstrate solar sailing around the Earth on the next SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch. Bill Nye and the LightSail 2 mission team will discuss the mission in depth during a press teleconference and Q&A session on Thursday, June 20th, at 10 a.m. PT.
- Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society, will present an overview of solar sailing and the LightSail program
- Bruce Betts, Chief Scientist and LightSail 2 Program Manager, will share the mission operations plan
- David Spencer, LightSail 2 Project Manager, will present spacecraft technical details
- Jennifer Vaughn, COO of The Planetary Society, will share The Planetary Society’s history with solar sailing and the story of the space enthusiasts around the world who made the LightSail program possible
To participate in the teleconference, media must RSVP with their name and affiliation to Danielle Gunn at [email protected] or 626-793-5100 by 5 p.m. PT on Wednesday, June 19th.
A full audio recording of the teleconference and visual assets will be available in The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 press room at http://www.planetary.org/press-room/lightsail/
For more information about The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 mission, visit: sail.planetary.org
About The Planetary Society
With a global community of more than 2 million space enthusiasts, The Planetary Society is the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy organization. Founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman and today led by CEO Bill Nye, we empower the public to take a meaningful role in advancing space exploration through advocacy, education outreach, scientific innovation, and global collaboration. Together with our members and supporters, we’re on a mission to explore worlds, find life off Earth, and protect our planet from dangerous asteroids. To learn more, visit www.planetary.org.