An illustration of the LightSail 2 spacecraft disintegrating in Earth

The LightSail 2 spacecraft completes its solar sail mission in a glow of glory

The LightSail 2 starship will no longer fly in sunshine.

The Planetary Society’s crowdfunded solar sailing ship reentered earth atmosphere on Thursday morning (November 17) after almost 3.5 years in orbit – more than three times longer than the planned mission duration.


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