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'''[[Current events]]'''
* '''May 27, 2009''' [http://www.space.com/common/media/video/player.php?videoRef=LS_090519_Space-Engines Space.com: Promising New Space Engines are Opening the Solar System] - [http://www.esa.int/ ESA] video on advanced propulsion: "Electric ion engines; plasma drives, slingshot-style gravitational-assist maneuvers; ultra-light super-strong solar sails and other innovations are driving exploration forward beyond reliance on chemical rockets."
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* '''May 5, 2009''' [http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200905/solar-sailing The Atlantic: Across the Universe] - an article about [http://www.planetary.org The Planetary Society's] efforts to fly another solar sail demonstration mission - Cosmos 2. Their previous attempt, Cosmos 1, suffered a launch vehicle failure.
* '''April 3, 2009''' [http://www.space-travel.com/reports/Solar_Sail_Update_New_Opportunities_999.html Solar Sail Update: New Opportunities] from [http://www.space-travel.com Space Travel]. Update on [http://www.planetary.org The Planetary Society's] solar sail activities.
* '''October 6, 2008''' [http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1223/1 Review] of [[Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel]] on [http://www.thespacereview.com/ The Space Review]
* '''October 1, 2008''' [http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/news_room/telecon5.html MESSENGER to flyby Mercury 2nd time October 6th.] [[MESSENGER]] used solar pressure to correct the trajectory without using propellant. The [http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/news_room/multi05.html multimedia page] shows how solar sailing reduced the flyby target size.
* '''September 5, 2008''' [http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/news_room/details.php?id=102 MESSENGER Sails on Sun’s Fire for Second Flyby of Mercury]

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This website contains information on solar sailing, an old idea but a new technology for moving around and doing things in space. Solar sails are very large and lightweight mirrors that are pushed through space by sunlight. Traditionally, spacecraft have used rockets or thrusters, which propel material in one direction to travel in the other. To learn more, take a look through the sections listed below.

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