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Mars In A Month

February 1st, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

New Scientist – Solar super-sail could reach Mars in a month

Solar Sails are something I’ve been fascinated by since I first started reading Sci-Fi. And like many technologies portrayed in Sci-Fi solar sails have moved from the realm of imagination to real life “hey this might just work”-dom.

Instead of being pushed by wind like a standard sail, solar sails get their push from protons flying around in space (usually from our sun or nearby stars). This article discusses recent improvements (special “paint” if I’m not mistaken) that could get us to Mars in as little as a month.

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