Saturday, February 26, 2011

Photograph Space Craft Flyover & Win Cash: NASA Shows Where and When

NanoSail-D will next be observable with the naked eye from the continental United States, approximately Friday, Feb. 25 through Monday, Mar. 7. 


NanoSail-D Steaks Across U.S. 
Nanosail-D Streaks Through the Sky over Finland (Used by Permission)
Credit: NASA


NanoSail-D unfurled the first ever 100-square-foot solar sail in low-Earth orbit on Jan. 20 and has been seen and imaged by individuals in several countries around the world. 


Path of NanoSail-D
Credit: NASA


NASA has partnered with SpaceWeather.com to encourage observations of NanoSail-D. Spaceweather.com is offering cash prizes for the best images of this historic, pioneering spacecraft in the amounts of $500 (grand prize), $300 (first prize) and $100 (second prize). World-wide observers have already been successful in capturing images of NanoSail-D as it darts across the sky with a digital camera.


To obtain NanoSail-D tracking information, visit:http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/nanosaild.html

To learn more about the ongoing NanoSail-D imaging contest, visit: http://www.nanosail.org 

So, grab your camera and take advantage of the warmer weather and the unique viewing opportunities! 


Tracking maps (more added as they become available: 





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