The Planetary Society to Announce Major Solar Sailing Milestone

Media Invited to Press Teleconference with CEO Bill Nye and LightSail 2 Mission Team

Media Advisory
July 30, 2019

Danielle Gunn
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1-626-793-5100

Pasadena, CA (July 30, 2019) — The Planetary Society, the world’s largest independent space interest organization, will make a major announcement about its crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 during a media teleconference on Wednesday, July 31st, at 12 p.m. PT. The spacecraft has been on a historic mission to demonstrate solar sailing in Earth orbit since its launch on June 25th, 2019. A Q&A session will follow the announcement.

Participant overview:

  • Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society
  • Bruce Betts, LightSail 2 Program Manager and Chief Scientist at The Planetary Society
  • David Spencer, LightSail 2 Project Manager and Associate Professor at Purdue University
  • Jennifer Vaughn, COO of The Planetary Society

To participate in the teleconference, media must RSVP with their name and affiliation to Danielle Gunn at [email protected] or 626-793-5100 by 10 a.m. PT on Wednesday, July 31st.

A full audio recording of the teleconference and visual assets will be available in The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 press room at

For more information about The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 mission, visit:

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