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A new golden age of sailing may be about to begin â€“ in space.
When American space pioneer, Dr Robert L Forward, proposed in 1984 a way of greatly improving satellite telecommunications using a new family of orbits, some claimed it was impossible.
An unmanned probe launched by Japanâ€™s space agency had a successful test of its innovative solar sail propulsion system, after getting its first acceleration push from sunlight, the agency announced.
A tiny camera has revealed that Japan's Ikaros solar sail is fully extended and ready for the next part of its mission.
Japanese scientists are celebrating the successful deployment of their Ikaros solar sail.
Japan successfully launched its Venus probe and a kite-shaped â€œspace yachtâ€ early Friday for a two-year mission to study the planet Venus and its climate.
The Planetary Society on Monday announced plans to launch its second attempt at a spacecraft that will be powered by the sun.
Direct communication between Earth and Mars can be strongly disturbed and even blocked by the Sun for weeks at a time, cutting off any future human mission to the Red Planet.
On September 4, the MESSENGER team announced that it would not need to implement a scheduled maneuver to adjust the probeâ€™s trajectory. This is the fourth time this year that such a maneuver has been called off.
The long-held fancy of sailing among the stars could soon become reality with one solar sail mission on the drawing board and another already on the launching pad, slated to blast off this summer.
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