solar sails

Forget About Interstellar Flights. Tiny Light Sails Could be Used to Explore the Solar System Today

Solar sails have been receiving a lot of attention lately.  In part that is due to a series of high…

10 months ago

A Cool Idea to Catch Up With an Interstellar Visitor

Poor, dim-witted humanity. We used to think we were the center of everything. That wasn't that long ago, and even…

2 years ago

LightSail 2 is Sending Home New Pictures of Earth

LightSail 2, the brainchild of The Planetary Society, has gifted us two new gorgeous images of Earth. The small spacecraft…

3 years ago

LightSail 2 Mission is Going Strong and Sending Mission Info Home!

The Planetary Society recently launched its LightSail 2 technology demonstrator, which could prove to be an effective means of propulsion…

3 years ago

Weekly Space Hangout – June 12, 2015: Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guest: This week we welcome Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program Participants: Michael Prokosch (Seeing…

7 years ago

The Planetary Society’s Solar Sail Will Hitch a Ride to Space on a Falcon Heavy

In a live webcast, The Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye announced that its long-awaited LightSail solar sail mission will launch…

8 years ago

What Is A Solar Sail?

I’m Fraser Cain, and I’m a sailor. Well, okay, I've got a sailboat that I take out on the water…

8 years ago

See NanoSail-D in Orbit, Win a Prize!

Looking for the orbiting NanoSail-D just got more exciting! NASA and Spaceweather.com have teamed up to offer prizes for the…

11 years ago

It’s Alive! NanoSail-D Suddenly and Spontaneously Comes Back to Life

[/caption] A small solar sail that was thought to be a lost cause has "spontaneously" come back to life. The…

11 years ago

Nanosail-D Update: Things Look Grim

[/caption] We reported the successful ejection of the Nanosail-D nanosatellite from the satellite that it was launched with earlier this…

11 years ago