LightSail 2 spacecraft glides on sunlight in orbit around Earth

Extra thrust from reflective sail on tiny craft changed shape of its orbit by about 2km, scientists report

A crowdfunded spacecraft has successfully sailed on sunlight while in orbit around the Earth.

LightSail 2 was launched in June by the space advocacy group the Planetary Society as a secondary payload on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.

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Source: The Guardian

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