Bill Nye the Science Man has seen and skilled lots, however to look at him geek out over the LightSail check mission’s launch is making us choke up a bit over right here in Geek Land.
In this new video, the Planetary Society takes us behind the scenes of LightSail’s Could 20 launch. Footage follows Nye and his crew visiting Cape Canaveral and getting excited to grow to be part of house exploration historical past.
Nye talks about how Carl Sagan’s photo voltaic crusing impressed him, as he was in his class virtually 40 years in the past.
“We’ve lastly on the Planetary Society realized this dream of flying by house with propulsion offered by nothing however daylight,” Nye says in the video.
“When you’re up there and also you’ve acquired your sail deployed, you could possibly get a push from the solar indefinitely, in order that’s why there’s a number of missions that photo voltaic crusing is simply splendid for.”
“This can be a massive day for the Planetary Society — it’s a giant deal,” Nye says, thanking the launch crew. “It’s a part of the legacy, getting our little house craft in orbit, on orbit, is a fantastic factor.”
The check mission was launched aboard the Atlas V rocket, and regardless of a few bumps, together with want a cosmic restart and its battery blacking out on communications, it made it, efficiently finishing its mission and re-entering Earth’s environment in mid-June.
Subsequent up: LightSail’s second mission and 2016 launch aboard SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy. The Kickstarter to launch that undertaking has already met its stretch aim, elevating greater than $1.2 million this summer season.
Right here’s hoping the subsequent launch is as inspiring as this one.