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Solar sail spaceship

Solar sail spaceship

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LYNETTE COOK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY LYNETTE COOK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Not for use in any materials for children and youth preschool through grade 12.

Caption

Solar sail spaceship. Artwork of a theoretical vessel that has a large, sail-like, thin membrane for sailing with sunlight. A nearby extrasolar planet is visible (left of middle).Pressure accumulates through the reflection of countless photons of light, emitted by stars such as our Sun. This gradually moves the spacecraft. The acceleration would be very low but continuous, eventually allowing very high speeds to be attained.

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