HOUSTON – The Planetary Society is targeting May 2016 for the launch of its LightSail mission, a two- to three-month solar sail experiment that will combine more recent CubeSat technologies with a centuries-old dream of navigating the solar system and beyond using the subtle force of photons from star light. The Pasadena, California-based nonprofit announced July 9 that it has arranged to launch LightSail aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket as a secondary payload and companion to the ...

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