posted on Aug, 10 2004 @ 11:30 PM
Hmmm, I wonder why the japanese are testing film when another group, The Planetary Society is getting ready to launch a solar sail spacecraft that has
8 solar sails as long as 47 ft across.
For those folks still here on Earth (ie not astronauts), I wouldn't worry about the solar wind, the earth's atmosphere and magnetic field protect us
from most things that come from the sun. The solar wind is like a gentle breeze of tiny particles constantly emitted from the sun. It's a possible
source of steady propulsion without bringing the fuel onboard a spacecraft which is very important to get spacecraft moving at extremely high speeds.
Just imagine going 1/10 of 186,000 miles a second. At this speed I bet the spacecraft will experience some time dilation if it doesn't crash and
If you are an astronaut travelling to Mars, then you could become toast if the sun decides to flare up and you don't have sufficient shielding in
your spacecraft. A steady wind might be ok but those solar storms can be deadly. Doesn't space travel sound a bit like traveling the ocean?
[edit on 10-8-2004 by orionthehunter]