The NASA Nanosail-D is the first solar vehicle in the history of humanity to orbit the earth.
At 400 miles above the earth, the NASA Nanosail-D is a forerunner for generations of solar satellites to come and has proven to be both remarkably efficient and reliable. The satellite will orbit the Earth continuously until it eventually re-enters the earth's atmosphere to be disintegrated, but NASA already has bold ambitions for a host of future vehicles with similar technology on the way.
Sailing Solar Satellites
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