Remember when we told you about the LightSail 2 solar sail mission? Seems like it’s been forever, but now after about 3.5 years in orbit (three times longer than originally planned) It burned back into Earth’s atmosphere on Thursday morning, November 17.
After completing and owning 18,000 orbits traveled about 8 million kilometers Around our planet, the glider reported nothing more to the mission team, leading them to conclude that the shoebox-sized vehicle had finally completed its long and sustained effort.
“LightSail 2 is gone after more than three years in the skyFamous scientist Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society, the company that launched the initiative, said in a press release.The mission was funded by tens of thousands of members of the Planetary Society who wanted to advance space technology.“
LightSail 2 showed that in these three years: solar navigation is an effective and viable propulsion method for small spacecraft. Despite his death, scientists have a lot of data to examine. Thus, the team behind the mission continues to examine the data collected by the aircraft, which remained operational until its last moments.
Given the success, we share some beautiful shots taken by the spacecraft from orbiting our planet.
Source: Every Eye