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Solar sail spaceship

Solar sail spaceship

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VICTOR HABBICK VISIONS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY VICTOR HABBICK VISIONS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Solar sail spaceship in space, computer artwork. This theoretical vessel has a flower-like array of solar sails (green). It would use these thin, sail-like membranes to sail using sunlight. The accumulative pressure from the reflection of countless photons of light, emitted by stars such as our Sun, would gradually impart momentum to the spacecraft. The acceleration would be very low but continuous, eventually allowing very high speeds to be attained. This could allow travel to the stars.

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