Gallery: NASA Unveils Plan to Launch World’s Largest Solar Sail in 2014


NASA has announced plans to launch the world’s largest solar sail in 2014 – and it will be travelling an incredible two million miles from Earth. The giant solar sail will use photons from the sun for propulsion, paving the way for various exploration missions that could be accomplished only through the use of “propellantless propulsion” technology. The solar sail technology could be used in the collection and removal of orbital debris, communicating with the Earth’s South Pole or even in organizing commercial space travel.

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