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Science Related to Adrift
« on: June 21, 2012, 12:28:25 PM »
Adrift: Earth Refugee Vessels
Refugees from Earth would use the solar wind to help carry them across space. Solar wind does exist and consists of charged particles that are ejected by the sun and travel throughout the solar system. When those particles interact with the Earth’s magnetic field, we end up with beautiful aurorae (also known as Northern Lights). One can also use light from the sun itself to travel through space. Light has momentum similar to a moving car or ball. This momentum from the light can beat against a large, thin mirror and be used like wind in a sail to move vessels in space. NASA is currently researching these sails and launched the first solar sail into space in 2010.