NanoSail-D Flies Free

Moffett Field CA (SPX) Jan 28, 2011 Call it a stunner. In an unexpected reversal of fortune, NASA’s NanoSail-D spacecraft has unfurled a gleaming sheet of space-age fabric 650 km above Earth, becoming the first-ever solar sail to circle our planet. The technology could pave the way for future missions in the Solar System that use the unique method of propulsion to reach destinations of scientific interest for astrobiologists.


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