Planetary Societys Solar Sail Spaceship Sends DataThe Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft is alive and well more than 400 miles above the Earth.More Like This
The little cube-sat, roughly the size of a toaster, successfully made it to Earth orbit Wednesday after a nail-biting launch aboard an Atlas V rocket. A group of about 50 Planetary Society staff members and invited guests were on hand at the Kennedy Space Center Apollo/Saturn V Center to celebrate the more than six-years-in-the-making event.
A few hours later, the LightSail-1 began sending back telemetry data, sending up cheers of excitement from those directly involved in the mission,
The next step for LightSail will be a test of its camera system on Sunday, a less-than-dramatic moment that, should all go well, will