Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Cosmos 1

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.

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