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Date Headline
2015 Jun 10 Spacelfight Now
LightSail Hailed as Precursor for Low-Cost Planetary Missions
2015 Jun 11 The Planetary Society
Pretty (Partial) Picture: LightSail Catches a Glimpse of Earth
2015 Jun 11 Space News
Planetary Society Has a Year To Iron Wrinkles Out Of Solar Sail Mission
2015 Jun 12 The Planetary Society
In Pictures: LightSail’s Final Days in Space
Re-entry and end of mission is projected to be June 14 (Sunday)
2015 Jun 15 The Planetary Society
LightSail Test Mission Ends with Fiery Reentry
As predicted, re-entry was on June 14 (Sunday)
2015 Jun 15 NBC News
Farewell, LightSail: Satellite Watchers Say Solar Sail Fades Away
2015 Jun 16 Inside Outer Space
Fall of the "Rise and Shine" Solar Sail
Some good information here about plans for the LightSail-B mission in 2016
2015 Jun 19 Astronomy Picture of the Day
LightSail A
2015 Jun 19 The Planetary Society
Thanks You, LightSail Trackers
The project got terrific support from serious and amateur satellite observers around the globe
2015 Jun 26 The Planetary Society / Kickstarter
LightSail Kickstarter Stretch Goal Reached
$1,241,615 USD were raised from 23,331 backers. The number of backers is a new record for a space-technology Kickstarter campaign, and the dollar total is the second highest ever for such a campaign.