Saturday, April 22, 2017

Catching a Few Rays

An image of a spacecraft, with two solar panels on either end, and a collection system in the open position, visible on the top of the spacecraft, with the lid open.
Reach overhead on a cloud-free, summer day, and you can almost believe like you can catch a few of its rays. While your efforts will prove to be unsuccessful, you should  know that scientists have literally caught some of the Sun's rays. And you know what's even cooler? There's a place on Earth where you can actually hold a piece of the Sun!

Stored within two tidy cleanrooms at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas is a collection of metallic wafers and foils, and etched within their insides are particles of the solar wind

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