On June 21, Cosmos 1 - the world's first solar sail spacecraft - is set to launch atop a converted ICBM from a submerged Russian submarine in the Barents Sea.
COSMOS 1 - UPDATE: June 22
Regrettably, the COSMOS 1 Solar Sail spacecraft was lost shortly after launch. The booster rocket failed to operate as planned, and it appears the COSMOS 1 fell back into the Bering Sea having never reached orbital speeds. AOAS wishes to express our deepest sympathies to the Planetary Society and Cosmos Studios, and we'd just like to say......For Carl's sake...... "Let's try again!"
The Planetary Society and Cosmos Studios invite you to join us by becoming a member of the Solar Sail Watch Team. All of the necessary information is described on our web site, including a cooperative linkage we have with Heavens Above for providing viewing information.
If you would like to join our Solar Sail Watch Team, please contact Alice Wakelin at (626) 793-5100 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support.
|With best wishes,|
Louis D. Friedman
THE PLANETARY SOCIETY:
Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, The Planetary Society has inspired millions of people to explore other worlds and seek other life. Today, its international membership makes the non-governmental Planetary Society the largest space interest group in the world. Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray and Louis Friedman founded The Planetary Society in 1980.
Cosmos Studios was founded in 2000 by Ann Druyan, Joe Firmage and Kent Gibson, to create science-based entertainment designed to engage the broadest possible television, film and Internet audience. Among its achievements thus far are the DVD of the epochal 13-part television series COSMOS and the documentary films 'COSMIC AFRICA" and "COSMIC JOURNEY," which was nominated for the Emmy Award for the best long form science documentary in 2004. Cosmos Studios is based in Ithaca, New York. http://carlsagan.com