Bill Nye's First LightSail Probe to Launch Wednesday

A spacecraft designed to fly through the cosmos using the Sun's radiation is expected to fly into orbit for the first time Wednesday. The spacecraft is the Planetary Society's LightSail prototype — a small cube-shaped satellite that, in theory, can surf on solar radiation. The satellite is identified with the Planetary Society's CEO, science educator Bill Nye, and is hitching an unusual ride with a mysterious Air Force spacecraft known only as X-37B. The goal of this LightSail mission is to gather important data that can be used for a full-scale LightSail CubeSat mission, which is expected to launch in 2016 on the first operational flight of SpaceX's Falcon heavy rocket.



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