Solar sail test successful so far! / Boing Boing

Sailing through space is a concept that goes back to 1610, but we’re probably more familiar with it from stories like Sunjammer (Clarke) and The Mote in God’s Eye (Niven-Pournelle)

Solar sail test successful so far!

Yesterday, a satellite smaller than a shoebox unfurled a solar sail making it the first spacecraft to orbit the Earth powered by sunlight.

Source: Solar sail test successful so far! / Boing Boing

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