Over the weekend, the LightSail satellite unfurled its gigantic solar sail to help propel it through space. Now, the first images to be beamed back from the satellite prove that it’s really up and running.
The team behind the LightSail, a solar-sail based craft currently in orbit after a successful launch last week, is currently wrestling with a software glitch that has rendered the vehicle silent. Its only hope? A stray charged particle.