Sunday is the deadline for adding your name to the list for Japan’s Ikaros spacecraft, due to piggyback on the May 18 launch of the Venus-bound Akatsuki orbiter aboard a Japanese H-2A rocket.
More than 25,000 people have signed up already using the Planetary Society’s “Sail Away” Web page – and when those are added to the Japanese list, the tally goes up to 60,000 names.
The Planetary Society also sees its LightSail mission as the first of a set. A chart for the mission program suggests that mission planners are working toward a flight in 2015 that would boost LightSail-3 beyond Earth orbit to the L1 gravitational balance point between Earth and the sun. That’s about 1 million miles (1.5 million kilometers) away.
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