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June 22, 2005: Go Cosmos!

Cosmos 1, the first solar sail spacecraft, went into space yesterday atop a converted Russian ICBM. The $4 million launch is not a government project . . . it was put together by the Planetary Society. See the CNN story . . . and watch the video.

I'm especially happy about this because I've been a Planetary Society member for years. Now THIS is what I call getting something for my dues!

Late update: An hour after posting time, Cosmos was still AWOL, but the Planetary Society website was optimistic; they think they've had enough contact to establish that the spacecraft is live. Cross fingers.
-- Steve Jackson

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