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Topic Title: NanoSail-D is now a free flyer
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Created On: 07/25/2019 11:43 PM
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WG

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"NanoSail-D was launched aboard a small satellite in December; once the satellite was in orbit the engineers back on Earth ordered the cargo door opened, and waited for NanoSail-D to pop out as planned. But the solar sail craft remained stubbornly inside the cargo bay. As weeks passed with no action, NASA's hopes for the craft sunk.

But last Wednesday, NASA announced that NanoSail-D had spontaneously emerged.

"We knew that the door opened and it was possible that NanoSail-D could eject on its own," Mark Boudreaux, FASTSAT project manager at the Marshall Center, said in a press release. "What a pleasant surprise this morning when our flight operations team confirmed that NanoSail-D is now a free flyer." [CNN]"


http://blogs.discovermagazine....o-action/#.XTqZYuhKjIU





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 07/29/2019 08:34 AM
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Greensleeves

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SO cool! Been hearing about it on the Space show on NPR Wednesdays!

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 08/01/2019 04:08 PM
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Central Floridave

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fyi, bad link.
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