Solar power satellite, artwork

Solar power satellite, artwork

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Solar power satellite. Artwork of a future solar power satellite in geostationary Earth orbit. The Earth and Moon (top right) are reflected in this large arrays of solar panels (blue). The energy obtained from sunlight is sent back to Earth as laser or microwave beams. Two astronauts are engaged in a space walk from a Lockheed Martin VentureStar spacecraft (centre right). Another VentureStar spacecraft is at upper left. VentureStar was a proposed Space Shuttle replacement that was cancelled in 2001.

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