Jackson Herring: More Muslim outreach from NASA. Thanks, 0maba
notmtwain: How are the cremated remains actually launched?The remains are placed in a specially designed, individual flight module or capsule which contains either seven grams or one gram of cremated remains, depending upon the service you selected. They are then integrated into the Celestis spacecraft, which is attached to the rocket and launched into space.Why launch only a symbolic portion?We offer the launch of a symbolic portion of the cremated remains as a memorial service, not final disposition of all the remains, because although dramatic progress is being made by entrepreneurs in reducing launch costs, spaceflight is still quite expensive. By launching a portion we can offer an affordable service, and also can provide performance assurance.We will arrange for final disposition of the balance of the cremated remains through a sea scattering service, should you so desire.// Gene Roddenberry's not going, not even one finger bone pointing the way onward.// Did Scotty ever make it or was the last of his remains blown up?
meanmutton: 0.01 N of thrust? Does anyone really think that this is ever going to be viable?
I drunk what: when do we build a death star to orbit mars with the remains of lucas onboard?
Lonestar: [www.kraproom.com image 640x512]
yet_another_wumpus: "world's largest"???Are there some already launched that are bigger?
Sunjammer is potentially applicable to an advanced space weather warning system, which could provide more timely and accurate notice of solar flare activity.
notmtwain: Did Scotty ever make it or was the last of his remains blown up?
Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: meanmutton: 0.01 N of thrust? Does anyone really think that this is ever going to be viable?Well, this is a research prototype.If the vehicle is really small, like say 10 kilograms, that's an acceleration of about 86.4 meters per second per day. After the first year of travel, the vehicle would have crossed 480 million kilometers, putting it halfway to Jupiter (not accounting for the gradual loss of power due to distance from the sun or the vagaries of orbital mechanics). Earth to Jupiter in two or three years is pretty good, compared to six years for Galileo, especially when you consider it's not burning an ounce of fuel.Difficulty: to move a useful payload you need miles and miles of solar sail and at that point the materials requirements start looking space elevator-ish.
Science_Guy_3.14159: What if they encounter some Tachyons, they might get tossed into Cardassian Space![www.startrek.com image 320x240]
OnlyM3: Ok if these sails are pushed past earth -heading away from the sun- how are they going to detect something coming from the sun before it touches us? Secondly.. not much we can do to stop the sun if it wanted to burp in our directoin
Magorn: meanmutton: 0.01 N of thrust? Does anyone really think that this is ever going to be viable?constant accelration. Space is frictionless, so even minimal thrust adds up quickly over time
Just another Heartland Weirdass: meanmutton: 0.01 N of thrust? Does anyone really think that this is ever going to be viable?Mrs meanmutton said it was the best she ever had.
Well I use Mac/Linux...: I saw some show about various scenarios that might occur if we do ever make contact with extraterrestrial life. They talked about various ways their spacecraft might be able to travel, and this solar sail was one of them. It was really neat stuff.
meanmutton: How does any of this even remotely equal, let alone surpass, what we've done with rocketry?
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