Bill Nye Talks Solar Sails as LightSail 2 Readies for Flight

The Cosmic Companion
Jun 21 · 8 min read
An artist’s conception of LightSail 2 being released (via spring) from Prox-1, in which it will be housed during it’s journey to space. Image credit: Josh Spradling / The Planetary Society
A look at how LightSail 2 might look once its sails are completely unfurled in space. Image credit: The Planetary Society

Deployment tests of the LightSail 2. Credit: The Planetary Society
Carl Sagan explains the idea of light sails to Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show on September 16, 1976. Credit: The Planetary Society
A timeline of the dream of solar sailing. Image credit: The Planetary Society
The LightSail 2 team, including Bill Nye, pose for a photo using the spacecraft’s camera. Image credit: The Planetary Society
A selfie taken by LightSail 1 on June 8, 2015, as the vehicle unfurled it’s sail. Image credit: The Planetary Society
Highlights of the LightSail 2 mission, ready to orbit the Earth using the power of sunlight. Video credit: The Planetary Society.

Bill Nye discusses the future of light sails as a means to explore space. Credit: The Planetary Society
Bill Nye, leading the way to the exploration of space using solar sails. Image credit: F. Scott Schafer

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James Maynard is the author of two books, and thousands of articles about space and science. E-mail: thecosmiccompanion@gmail.com

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