Cosmos 1, the first mission to test if spacecraft can sail to distant stars on beams of sunlight, was lost shortly after launch on Tuesday
By Patrick di JustoPosted 02.01.2005 at 7:00 pm 0 Comments
The Cosmos 1 solar sail experiment was lost on Tuesday when the Russian Volna rocket carrying it to orbit failed, according to the Russian Space Agency. Had the launch been successful, the experiment would have tested whether sunlight could have pushed the spacecraft into a higher orbit. Explore the mission that was to be with our exclusive slideshow, pulled from the pages of Popular Science.
On June 21, the California-based nonprofit Planetary Society will attempt for the fourth time to launch its privately funded Cosmos 1 solar sail.