The Science Behind Solar Sails

The solar sail is propelled only by sunlight. Watch Bill Nye explains the science behind solar sails.

Its technology holds promise for early detection of major events in space, as well as travel across vast distances.



On June 25, the Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 hitched a ride into orbit on board SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket.

Planetary Society CEO, Bill Nye, said:

“The solar sail is propelled only by sunlight, and its technology holds promise for early detection of major events in space, as well as travel across vast distances.”

via wired