Nye and Planetary Society to launch a satellite that will ‘sail on sunbeams’

January 27, 2015 9:34 PM

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Bill Nye (The Science Guy) wants you to get excited about space exploration. His latest effort is pretty tantalizing: Along with the rest of the Planetary Society, Nye is getting ready to launch a satellite powered by the sun. And we're not talking about boring old solar panels, either.

LightSail is like something out of a science fiction novel. The silvery material unfolds into a space-age version of a fabric sail. Then the sun pushes it forward, using the natural momentum of its photons. The force is small, but continuous.

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