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Solar power is rapidly changing the way we live on earth, and it is now extending its reach into space with the JAXA 'Ikaros' spacecraft. An abbreviation for 'Interplanetary Kite-Craft Accelerated by Radiation of the Sun,' the JAXA Ikaros is equipped with 46-foot sails embedded with solar cells that will generate power for the ship.

Priced at around $16 million, the JAXA Ikaros spacecraft is definitely a first. An impressive feat to say the least, its true test will be when it launches on May 18th, 2010. Fingers crossed that it flies!