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21/05/2010 JAXA launches the solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS

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OTD in Space – May 21: Japan Launches 1st Solar Sail on 'Ikaros' Spacecraft

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Using Sunlight to Propel Spaceships

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World's first interplanetary solar sail spacecraft IKAROS, sail spreading CG image

IKAROS is a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency experimental spacecraft. The spacecraft was launched aboard an H-IIA rocket, together with the Akatsuki probe and four other small spacecraft. IKAROS is the first spacecraft to successfully demonstrate solar sail technology in interplanetary space.