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Date Headline
2015 Jun 26 The Planetary Society / Kickstarter
LightSail Kickstarter Stretch Goal Reached
$1,241,615 USD were raised from 23,331 backers. The number of backers is a new record for a space-technology Kickstarter campaign, and the dollar total is the second highest ever for such a campaign.
2015 Jun 19 The Planetary Society
Thanks You, LightSail Trackers
The project got terrific support from serious and amateur satellite observers around the globe
2015 Jun 19 Astronomy Picture of the Day
LightSail A
2015 Jun 16 Inside Outer Space
Fall of the "Rise and Shine" Solar Sail
Some good information here about plans for the LightSail-B mission in 2016
2015 Jun 15 NBC News
Farewell, LightSail: Satellite Watchers Say Solar Sail Fades Away
2015 Jun 15 The Planetary Society
LightSail Test Mission Ends with Fiery Reentry
As predicted, re-entry was on June 14 (Sunday)
2015 Jun 12 The Planetary Society
In Pictures: LightSail’s Final Days in Space
Re-entry and end of mission is projected to be June 14 (Sunday)
2015 Jun 11 Space News
Planetary Society Has a Year To Iron Wrinkles Out Of Solar Sail Mission
2015 Jun 11 The Planetary Society
Pretty (Partial) Picture: LightSail Catches a Glimpse of Earth
2015 Jun 10 Spacelfight Now
LightSail Hailed as Precursor for Low-Cost Planetary Missions