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04.12.16
'Starshot' plan gets probes to Alpha Centauri in your lifetime
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'Starshot' plan gets probes to Alpha Centauri in your lifetime

Stephen Hawking and Yuri Milner are backing a $100 million effort to explore our closest neighboring star.

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06.16.15
LightSail solar spaceship ends test flight in fiery descent
06.16.15

LightSail solar spaceship ends test flight in fiery descent

And just like that, LightSail's inaugural flight is over. The Planetary Society has determined tha...

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06.09.15
LightSail sends back photo of deployed solar sails
06.09.15

LightSail sends back photo of deployed solar sails

A series of computer problems and battery glitches make LightSail's victorious unfurling of solar...

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06.07.15
Carl Sagan's solar spacecraft finally deploys its sails
06.07.15

Carl Sagan's solar spacecraft finally deploys its sails

The Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft just dodged another bullet -- the ground crew has not...

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06.06.15
The LightSail solar spacecraft is in dire straits once again (update: it's back!)
06.06.15

The LightSail solar spacecraft is in dire straits once again (update: it's back!)

Unfortunately, the LightSail spacecraft's recovery wasn't quite as miraculous as its creators firs...

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05.30.15
LightSail solar spacecraft gets back in touch with its ground crew
05.30.15

LightSail solar spacecraft gets back in touch with its ground crew

If you were on pins and needles wondering whether or not the LightSail solar ship would resume con...

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05.27.15
Carl Sagan's solar-powered spacecraft is in trouble (update: it's alive!)
05.27.15

Carl Sagan's solar-powered spacecraft is in trouble (update: it's alive!)

The test flight of Carl Sagan's LightSail craft is in jeopardy after a computer problem left it un...

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05.13.15
Bill Nye goes to Kickstarter to fund Sagan's solar-powered spacecraft
05.13.15

Bill Nye goes to Kickstarter to fund Sagan's solar-powered spacecraft

The LightSail is blasting off to space (along with the X37B drone) for a test flight on May 20th,...

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05.07.15
Carl Sagan's solar-powered spacecraft is getting its first test flight
05.07.15

Carl Sagan's solar-powered spacecraft is getting its first test flight

Legendary astronomer Carl Sagan once envisioned a solar sailer, a spaceship that uses sunlight rad...

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