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I thought we were sending all of Europe to the sun? Just a probe...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by novocane View Post
its not really that daring if no one can die..
exacto.
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post #13 of 55
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackVenom View Post
I thought there was going to be a suicide mission to be the first to land on the Sun.
You can't "land" on the sun.

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Originally Posted by SirWaWa View Post
there's nothing to land on...
it's a giant ball of gas
if u could u can fly right through the sun... goes with any star
The core of the sun is extremely dense (150 grams per cubic cm, or about 13 times as dense as lead). You couldn't fly right through it, even if you could survive the temperatures (~14 million kelvin). It would be easier to fly through the Earth.

Still, there is no definitive hard surface.

Quote:
Originally Posted by num1son View Post
Thought the center was really dense elements...solids?
The core is still mostly hydrogen and helium. It's dense because of the pressure, not the elemental make-up.

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Originally Posted by novocane View Post
its not really that daring if no one can die..
It's a lot of money to risk.
Edited by Blameless - 10/4/11 at 10:22pm
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Quote:
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I thought there was going to be a suicide mission to be the first to land on the Sun.
Exactly what i was thinking...
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Sorry, kids. No sundiving until we figure out how to build refrigerator lasers; and even then, we'll probably need a Kanten or two to give us a leg up.
    
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I laughed. Oregon is such a fail state.
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From the title I immediately though "this sounds like a job for Bruce Willis."
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackVenom View Post
I thought there was going to be a suicide mission to be the first to land on the Sun.
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Originally Posted by SirWaWa View Post
there's nothing to land on...
it's a giant ball of gas
if u could u can fly right through the sun... goes with any star
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Originally Posted by H4rd5tyl3 View Post
Pretty sure anyone/thing would disintegrate before it got anywhere near it.
Sarcasm, you guys missed it
post #19 of 55
NASA is an acronym. It should be in all caps. The "science" correspondent, Jonathan Amos, must have missed that. Nitpick over.

Mission looks neat.
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18 countries and all they can scrounge together is $5.7Billion? Kinda sad how little space science all of Europe does. Russia puts in more effort than the entire continent. What could be done to change this? Even China, India and Japan are building their own space programs yet Britain, Germany or France still haven't made any effort.
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