LightSail 2: Carl Sagan-Inspired Solar Sail Successfully Deployed, Images Coming Soon

After the successful deployment of their LightSail 2 solar sail, the Planetary Society team say they will soon release images of the craft in action.

LightSail 2: Carl Sagan-Inspired Solar Sail Successfully Deployed, Images Coming Soon
LightSail 2 Animation (Screen capture) The Planetary Society/YouTube

"Hi everyone! Let's go sailing on sunlight shall we?" That was the Planetary Society's first comment on the live-stream for LightSail 2's solar sail deployment.

While mission control is yet to retrieve images from the sun-propelled spacecraft, the team live-streamed the successful operation from inside their HQ and said, "all indications are that LightSail 2 has deployed its solar sail as planned."

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A live-streamed solar sail show

The LightSail 2 team put up a live web stream on their website yesterday starting slightly after 20:00 CET, which can be seen below.

Though the stream itself ran into a few issues with audio, and only really showed the team as they carried out the sail deployment, it was a live insight into a piece of space history as it was taking place. 

LightSail 2: Carl Sagan-Inspired Solar Sail Successfully Deployed, Images Coming Soon
An artist rendering of the deployed solar sail. Source: Josh Spradling/The Planetary Society
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