LightSail 2 solar sail still floats above the earth more than two years after launch

An experimental spacecraft that solar sails test as a means of cost-effective space propulsion die could be power future missions to faraway places still rides on the sun’s rays in orbit around the earth more then two and a half years after launch.

The spacecraft, called LightSail 2, is a cubesat about this size of a bread of bread but mounted with An shade sail the size of An boxing Ring: It covers approximately 433 square feet (32 square meters). This sail captures incoming photons from the sun, just like a windsail catches the moving air, to propel the spacecraft.

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