An illustration of the LightSail 2 spacecraft disintegrating in Earth

The LightSail 2 spacecraft completes its solar navigation mission in a burst of glory

The LightSail 2 spacecraft will no longer roll in the sun.

The Planetary Society’s crowdfunded solar sailboat is back earth’s atmosphere Thursday morning (November 17) after nearly 3.5 years in orbit – more than three times longer than its expected lifespan.

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