Caveman Technology To Be Used On The Solar Orbiter Mission

Caveman Technology To Be Used On The Solar Orbiter Mission

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The ESA and NASA are due to launch the Solar Orbiter in 2017. This spacecraft will be equipped to take high resolution images of the Sun from about 42 million km away. Being this close and observing the Sun will mean that the spacecraft has to endure temperatures up to 520 degrees celsius and be exposed to 13 times the intensity of sunlight here on Earth. The titanium heatshield will be coated in burnt bone charcoal. This same pigment used by caveman to paint images on cave walls. To find out more about its unique characteristics from heat shielding visit:


http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Engineering/Prehistoric_cave_pigment_to_shield_ESA_s_Solar_Orbiter


Image credit: ESA/AOES

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