This photo provided on Thursday, July 25, 2019, by the Planetary Society shows a portion of the LightSail2 spacecraft, top, and part of Earth, centered on Baja California, Mexico. (Planetary Society via AP)
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The Lightsail 2 spacecraft, the size of a loaf of bread, was launched into orbit in June and unfurled a tin foil-like solar sail designed to steer and push the spacecraft, using the momentum of tiny particles of light called photons emanating from the sun, into a higher orbit.Flight by light, or "sailing on sunbeams," as Bill Nye said, could best be used for missions carrying cargo in space or on small satellites with enough room for deploying larger, and thus more powerful, solar sails.The solar sail technology could also reduce the need for expensive, cumbersome rocket propellants and slash the cost of navigating small satellites in space.Lightsail 2 became the latest spacecraft to demonstrate space-bound solar sailing after Japan's experimental IKAROS spacecraft in 2010 .
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