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This Is How You Can Send Your Selfie To Space

This technology is so revolutionary that Neil DeGrasse Tyson finally declared his love for Pluto.

Posted on May 13, 2015, at 12:09 p.m. ET

The Planetary Society, in a project led by Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson, wants to send your selfie to a place where no other terrestrial selfie has ever been before — freaking space (and maybe even Pluto).

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All you have to do is upload your selfie to their website and tweet it out using #SelfieToSpace. The team expects to launch selfies on their 2016 mission using a solar sailing spacecraft called Lightsail.

The Planetary Society plans to fund part of its mission through Kickstarter with the first test launch this May, but it's free to send your selfies.

Okay, so this definitely sounds like something out of a sci-fi film, but the Lightsail spacecraft will be able to travel through space via light beams.

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The technology was proposed over a century ago, according to Bill Nye in a video on the project's Kickstarter page. But it's revolutionary because the spacecraft will be really cheap AND it won't use any fuel.

The spacecraft will be propelled by the sun.

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The spacecraft is a minature cubicle satellite that will be launched to space on a rocket. Once it's in space, it will deploy shiny mylar that's bigger than your ceiling, said Nye. Mylar is basically that reflective wall covering used in greenhouses.

"Light is made of photons, but photons have no mass. They have momentum. If sunlight is shining on something, it's giving it a tiny, tiny push," said Nye on the project's website. Sunlight can push spacecrafts that have a large enough area and low enough mass. These types of spacecrafts are called solar sails.

Because Lightsail will use the sun as an energy source, it can potentially travel vast distances (think interstellar space) in a short amount of time. But Tyson prefers Pluto as a destination.

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"If I could ride a solar sail, I think I would take it to Pluto," Neil DeGrasse Tyson said jokingly on the project's website. "I feel bad about Pluto, because I played a role in its demotion. I just want to hug Pluto and say, 'We still love you Pluto.'"

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