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Originally Posted by Aaron_Henderson View Post
Do you guys not think NASA may have thought a little further than "Let's blast this chunk of metal at the sun and see what happens?"
Ofc!

Lol, this is fun.
    
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post #102 of 106
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Originally Posted by RonindeBeatrice View Post
There are a few things that bug me about this thread.

A. Nothing can travel faster than the speed of light.
B. You'll never need to travel faster than the speed of light, because if you travel close enough to it, any journey , regardless of distance, takes just an instant (relatively).
C. The Sun doesn't burn.
D. You're all figments of my imagination.

Enjoy.

Read a book.
A. rubbish. Nothing we know of can travel faster than the speed of light
b. see a
c true nuclear fusion people!
d probably
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As a note: You actually can go faster than the speed of light in a medium. Check out Cerenkov Radiation. What is usually refered to, however is not being able to go faster than the speed of light in space.

On another note: Light can exhibit properties of both waves and particles. This property is referred to as wave–particle duality.


On topic:
Also, I'm sure NASA has thought this out. While it sounds completely silly to me personally, if NASA is seriously considering it, I'm sure there is a way.

You also have to realize that there is LOTS of technology that has not been declassified. Civilians don't know everything. There is probably a way to "cut" through the photons and not have them impact the spacecraft.
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As a closet sci-fi nerd, I am all for space travel and exploration. All the big ideas that space brings to the table fascinate me.

But as a human, thinking about NASA spending hundreds of millions of dollars on what might be a pointless mission seems kind of wasteful. Especially when there are so many problems here on Earth that that money could help with...

With all that money NASA should have found some aliens already!!

This poster needs to review our TOS! Swearing filter circumventing has been removed!
Its never in waste, we'll learn something from it, guaranteed, even if the probe burns up, maybe it will be able to send a bit of info that will let them know how to make it work the second time?
    
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If they can barely get spacecraft back through orbit without burning up, how's it going to handle the sun

Also, if it does in fact withstand the heat, how are they going to counter "million mph winds"? Do they think it's just not going to get blown away?
Once again...


I think NASA thought this through a little more than everyone here gives them credit for.


Ya know when people always say "well, it's not rocket science...."

Well this IS rocket science. And these ARE rocket scientists. And they probably know what the hell they're doing.
    
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Thermal Shield wont help a bit , will burn up and all that time/effort and money for nothing.
no offense but its nasa i think they no more then you
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