The romantic-sounding term solar sail evokes an image of a majestic vessel (similar to the great sailing ships of the 18th century) cruising the depths of interplanetary space (Fig. 6.1). In a very literal sense, this imagery is very close to the anticipated reality of solar sails. Very large and diaphanous sail-propelled ships will traverse our solar system and perhaps, one day in the future, voyage to another star. From what will these ships be made and how will they work?
KeywordsSolar Wind Solar System Solar Sail Plasma Bubble Rubber Ball
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