Sailing spacecraft LightSail to harness power of solar wind

January 27, 2015 1:00 PM

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That possibility is gaining momentum as the space research nonprofit The Planetary Society prepares to launch LightSail, its tissue-box-sized sail-powered spacecraft.

"We strongly believe this could be a big part of the future of interplanetary missions," Bill Nye (the Science Guy), CEO of the research outfit, told The New York Times this week. "It will ultimately eventually take a lot of missions a long, long way."

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