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'Shields Up' !

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posted on Apr, 19 2007 @ 09:22 PM
The future is now -

Seems with the increasing number of countries around the world,
who are getting serious about long term space exploration, more
research is being done into protecting future spacefarers.

It's amazing to see so many of the sci-fi theories, I read about
in my younger days, coming to fruition.

No flying cars, yet
, but still, astounding advancements, from when I grew up,
with cassette tape decks and hardwired telephones.

external shields,
Magnetic/plasma shields with proposed sizes up to

... 20-30 kilometres away from the spacecraft," explained Dr Ruth Bamford, from the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory...

would mimic Earths' natural system, of shielding the solar winds.

To create the deflector shield around a spacecraft or on the surface of a planet or moon, scientists need to generate a magnetic field and then fill it with ionised gas called plasma.
As energetic particles interact with the plasma, energy is sapped away from them and they slow down.

(Also proposed for off -world colonization protection.)

and virtual observatories.

Guess, my kid, will have 'personal shields' and holographic displays .

...either that or a tracking chip.

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