Solar sail spacecraft

Solar sail spacecraft

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Credit: DAVID A. HARDY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Solar sailing. Artwork of three "solar sail" spacecraft. These spacecraft are powered by the pressure of sunlight on their large sail-like membranes. Each photon of light reflects from the sail, imparting a tiny forward acceleration. This leads to a gradual but continuous acceleration, and very high speeds can be attained.

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Keywords: artwork, earth, illustration, sci-fi, science fiction, solar sail, space, space art, spacecraft, spaceship

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