Lightsail

May. 19th, 2015 11:51 pm
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On May 20 Planetary Society is sending the first test solar sail into Earth's orbit. You can watch the launch here tomorrow.


This first one is destined to burn in the atmosphere but this is the prototype for a actual launch next year. But they still need to secure additional founding so they have their own Kickstarter. They already almost 3x their goal but when both Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson are asking nicely how can you not donate. Especially for something this awesome. It's like making science fiction happen yourself.

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