Latest Solar sail Stories
PHOENIX, March 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On the evening of March 17, 2011, NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft fired its main engine for 15 minutes to perform a Mercury capture maneuver and became the first spacecraft in history to orbit the innermost planet to the Sun.
The problem of space junk floating around Earth, which could one day force nations to cancel interstellar missions, could be solved using ground-based lasers, claims a new report prepared by NASA-affiliated scientists.
Sky watchers should be alert for flares from NASA's NanoSail-D.
What could happen if a 25-million-ton chunk of rock slammed into Earth?
NASA has formed a partnership with Spaceweather to engage the amateur astronomy community to submit the best images of the orbiting NanoSail-D solar sail.
On Friday, Jan 21 at 10 am EST, engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala, confirmed that the NanoSail-D nanosatellite deployed its 100-square-foot polymer sail in low-Earth orbit and is operating as planned.
On Wednesday, Jan 19 at 11:30 am EST, engineers at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala, confirmed that the NanoSail-D nanosatellite ejected from Fast Affordable Scientific and Technology Satellite, FASTSAT.
On Dec 6 at 1:31 am EST, NASA for the first time successfully ejected a nanosatellite from a free-flying microsatellite.
Dr. Michael Minovitch Announces Findings on His Invention: Gravity Assist Multiplanetary Trajectories Dr. Michael A. Minovitch, mathematician, physicist, and inventor, is announcing that his Gravity Propelled Interplanetary Space Travel work is available online.
To mark an unprecedented flurry of exploration which is about to begin, NASA announced Thursday that the coming year will be "The Year of the Solar System."