Bill Nye using crowdfunding campaign to finance solar-sailing spacecraft

May 13, 2015 6:49 PM

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Bill Nye using crowdfunding campaign to finance solar-sailing spacecraft

Bill Nye, the former star of the TV show “Bill Nye the Science Guy” and CEO of nonprofit The Planetary Society, launched a crowdfunding campaign this week to fly a solar sailing spacecraft.

Calling it “the people’s spacecraft” because the money will be raised from “the people” rather than the government, the organization seeks to send the small, unmanned ship to space and explore the possibilities of propelling a spacecraft using the sun’s radiation.

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