Electric Solar Wind Sail, illustration

Electric Solar Wind Sail, illustration

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Credit: Carol and Mike Werner/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Artist's concept of a spacecraft deploying an electric solar wind sail (e-sail). The solar wind is a high-speed stream of electrically charged gases--ionized hydrogen and helium--that flow outward from a star such as the sun. The e-sail array consists of many ultra fine electrified wires spinning to keep them stretched and to present an electric field barrier to the ions, much as a canvas sail does to the wind.

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Keywords: astronomical, astronomy, astrophysics, concept, conceptual, e-sail, electricity, future, futuristic, ikaros, illustration, nanosail-d, photon, physics, sails, science, solar, solar wind, space, spacecraft, technology, theoretical, theory, travel

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