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We’re launching a citizen-funded solar sail on a Falcon Heavy June 24. Join CEO and the mission!
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Planetary Society 13h
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That's it for tonight's briefing, thanks for following along. We'll see you for tomorrow's launch! Go !
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Planetary Society 13h
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Nye, on what's next after : We plan to hold an open competition to see what our sci-tech program should focus on next.
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Planetary Society 13h
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Vaughn, thanking members and backers: You all created a $7 million experimental spacecraft. If we can do this now, with tens of thousands of people, what could we do with more?
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Planetary Society 14h
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Jennifer Vaughn, COO of The Planetary Society: contains a mini-DVD with a Planetary Society member roster, a list of Kickstarter contributors, and image and name submissions from our 2015 "Selfies to Space" campaign.
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Planetary Society 14h
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Spencer: When we deploy 's solar sail, we'll choose a pass where we get a half hour of coverage from our ground stations in Kauai Community College, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Purdue University, and Georgia Tech.
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Planetary Society 14h
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David Spencer, project manager, on the difference between LS1 and LS2: With , we don't just want to get the sail out, we need to control it, and increase the energy of the orbit using solar photon pressure. More info:
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Planetary Society 14h
Good evening from Kennedy Space Center! We're at the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, hosting a mission briefing for members and supporters. CEO Bill Nye is starting with a brief history of solar sailing. One day away from launch! Learn more:
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Everyday Astronaut 16h
“Glad I ordered extra long...” shot this a few years ago when dog sitting this adorable dachshund! With launching tomorrow on ’s Falcon Heavy, I figured now’s a good time to share!
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SpaceX Jun 22
Falcon Heavy preparing for flight in SpaceX’s hangar at LC-39A →
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Ryan Chylinski Jun 22
Sunrise shoot w/ and Father&Sun. launches on Monday night's Falcon Heavy. I cannot sleep
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Popular Mechanics Jun 22
An organization founded nearly 40 years ago by Carl Sagan is now sending a small spacecraft, known as the LightSail 2, to orbit around the planet.
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Planetary Society Jun 22
Hi Elena! Viewing tickets are separate. Hope to see you there!
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Planetary Society Jun 22
Good morning from Cape Canveral, Florida! We‘re L-2 days away from the launch of 's Falcon Heavy rocket with on board. Excited to capture all the excitement to share with everyone. Weather is currently 70% go for launch!
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Bill Nye Jun 21
People ask me, "Are you headed to Cape Canaveral for the first day of Northern Hemisphere summer? I say, "Sure, but it's really for the launch of LightSail 2!" Happy Solstice!
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Inverse Jun 21
LightSail 2 Launches Into Space Next Week: Here's What to Expect:
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National Geographic Jun 20
Is it possible to build a craft that could operate within the constraints of gravity and the mechanics of orbits, yet glide among the stars? Yes, and it's nearly ready to launch
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Planetary Society Jun 20
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And that's it for our press briefing! We will post the audio of today's call later today in our press room:
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Planetary Society Jun 20
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Vaughn: "We have hundreds of members showing up to join the party" in Florida for launch. Want to join us? Tickets are still available!
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Planetary Society Jun 20
Great question! Yes, some key milestones like solar panel and solar sail deployment are commanded from the ground. Other functions like orbit raising during solar sailing, and sending home health and telemetry beacons, are automated.
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Planetary Society Jun 20
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