Crowd funding SpaceX mission into the Sun

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Crowd funding SpaceX mission into the Sun

Unread postby trevbus » Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:56 pm

Hi all,

Wouldn't it be great to find out what it is really like inside the Sun?

Comet Lovejoy passed through the Sun... ... vejoy.html

We could crowd fund "Lovejoy 2", a space probe to go through the photosphere.

Not sure if it would take a Falcon Heavy or a Falcon 9. For a Falcon 9 it would be US$60 million plus the cost of building and testing the probe, so about 100,000 donors at $600 each.

The mission wouldn't be simple, eg if it had solar panels they'd need to be stowed or discarded...

Anyhow, the era of government-dominated interplanetary science is nearly over!
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Re: Crowd funding SpaceX mission into the Sun

Unread postby Cargo » Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:06 pm

interstellar filaments conducted electricity having currents as high as 10 thousand billion amperes
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