Solar Sails In The Sunset

9 07 2008

This news is seriously late in coming…

This summer NASA engineers will try to realize a dream older than the Space Age itself: the deployment of a working solar sail in Earth orbit. This is the project that Ann Druyan has been pushing so hard.  The name of the sail is NanoSail-D and it is scheduled for launch onboard a SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket as early as July 29, 2008.

Check the link for the full story.  (It’s written for teachers, so don’t expect it to be very high-tech, but it does have some great quotes.)

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/26jun_nanosaild.htm?list66213

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9 07 2008
Nick Jones

That is one of the coolest sci-fi made non-fi thing I’ve seen in a long time! Now all they need to do is make special lasers so that their resulting explosion can be heard in space.

18 08 2008
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