Podcaster: Steve Nerlich

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Title: Cheap Astronomy – Dear CA # 93 – Spacecraft

Organization: Cheap Astronomy


Description: Cheap Astronomy crafts some spacecraft

– What are the Parker probe and other spacecraft learning about the Sun?

The Sun is 99.9% of the entire mass of the solar system, weighing in at 1.9 times 10 to the 30th kilograms and if you think you can comprehend how much that is, you’re kidding yourself. Let’s just say it’s freakingly hugely massive, though on a universal scale, it is a fairly unremarkable G-type star positioned towards the lower end of the OBAFGKM range of stellar classes.

– Will there really be spacecraft that can travel in deep space but can also land on planets?

Probably the best examples of fictional deep space craft that can also land on planets are found in the Star Wars franchise, where most spacecraft seem to be both able to land and zip between stellar systems via hyperspace, whatever the heck hyperspace is.

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