High Tech Sailing in Outer Space: NPR has a cool article on their website that discusses the sailing technology Columbus had in the fifteenth century and, in contrast, the modern solar powered sailing technology developed by Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency for their solar powered space ship IKAROS.  JAEA’s solar powered sailing ship is named IKAROS, after the mythical Ikaros of Ancient Greece fame, and is pushed along through space at yacht speed by solar winds.

The NPR article, titled Eat Your Heart Out, Columbus: A Sailing Ship That Travels On Sunshine, offers a bit of historical information and even shows you video clips of this cool space sailing ship!

The article may be accessed by clicking on the following link:

http://goo.gl/NJPSb

Have a great day!

Linda R. 

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