LightSail News + Kickstarter Live with Bill Nye!
Space dress rehearsal
We're doing a LightSail 2 operational readiness test today at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. This is a simulation of key events for our citizen-funded solar sail spacecraft. How do you get to space to do science? Practice, practice, practice. The team is running the mission simulation today using BenchSat, a duplicate of the spacecraft mounted on an acrylic board.
Keep up-to-date on our mission set to launch aboard the next SpaceX Falcon Heavy at sail.planetary.org.
Kick Asteroid! Kickstarter flying high
Our Kick Asteroid! project is about to fly past our initial $50,000 funding goal. Learn more about the threat of asteroids and what you can do about it. Tune in tomorrow and hear CEO Bill Nye and Chief Scientist Bruce Betts (who just happens to be our LightSail Program Manager, as well) speak live about asteroids, how you can be a Planetary Defender, and answer your questions. Our Kickstarter Live will start at 1 p.m. Pacific Time and will be moderated by our own Manager of Individual Giving Barbara Turman. Subscribe here and get a reminder email when our live stream begins.