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Planetary Society Updates on Solar Sail

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Planetary Society Updates on Solar Sail

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I'm going to copy and paste the update emails I receive from the Planetary Society here so that BookTalk members can keep tabs on the upcoming launch of the Solar Sail. As you all may recall, Ann Druyan in heavily involved in this project, which should revolutionize space exploration and travel.Dear Friends,The countdown has officially begun! Last week, on the 70th anniversary of Carl Sagan's birth, we announced that Cosmos 1, the worlds first solar sail spacecraft, will be set for launch on March 1, 2005.As you know, The Planetary Society, without government funds but with support of Cosmos Studios and Society Members and supporters, put together an international team of space professionals to attempt this first actualsolar sail flight. Your support of the Society and vision for the future has helped bring us to this milestone in the history of exploration.The coming months will be very exciting, and there is still much to do. I encourage you to follow the progress of Cosmos 1 online at the Society's website, planetary.org/solarsailThere is new material about the spacecraft and our mission there now. Please visit us often, as we have much more coming in the months ahead.We so greatly appreciate your continued support of The Planetary Society and Cosmos 1.Sincerely,Louis FriedmanExecutive DirectorP.S. Bill Nye the Science Guy, who is now on ourBoard of Directors, had the tremendous fortune to know Carl Sagan as a teacher. This week, he shared his appreciation for Carl as a man and as an inspiration with Society members atwww.planetary.org/news/2004/nye_sagan.html
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Re: Planetary Society Updates on Solar Sail

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Heaven help the sail when it's introduced to a field of micrometeorites.
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