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LightSail 2 Marks 1 Month of Solar Sailing

23 Aug 2019, 16:39 UTC
LightSail 2 Marks 1 Month of Solar Sailing The Planetary Society

The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft is celebrating 1 month of solar sailing in Earth orbit. Since deploying its aluminized Mylar sail on 23 July 2019, the spacecraft has spent the majority of its time turning towards the Sun each orbit to get a slight push from solar photons. This has raised LightSail 2's apogee, or orbital high point around the Earth, by 7.2 kilometers—all without a drop of conventional fuel.

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