Fox News is reporting that the Russian Space agency is admitting the new solar sail experiment, Cosmos 1, crashed back to Earth two minutes after launch.
That's a real pity. With the success of Space Ship 1 in the X Prize, a working solar sail would have brought the world of science fiction a little closer to science fact. You have to wonder though why the Russians were allowed to launch the probe given their two previous attempts to launch a solar sail ended with "burned up in the atmosphere". What were they hoping for, third time lucky? :-) Maybe it will be fourth time lucky soon.