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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
The Planetary Society has inspired millions of people to explore other worlds and seek other life. With the mission to empower the world's citizens to advance space science and exploration, its international membership makes the non-governmental Planetary Society the largest space interest group in the world. Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray and Louis Friedman founded The Planetary Society in 1980. Bill Nye, a longtime member of The Planetary Society's Board, serves as CEO.