MIT engineers want to make thin silicon bubbles that are fused together to form a ‘cloud’. Together they will form a shell of about 8.5 square kilometres, which is less than the size of Brazil. When launched into outer space, it will protect the Earth from the sun’s radiation.
NASA warns of climate change. Scientists have an idea
The researchers stress that the goal of the project is to reverse climate change. The temperature on Earth has risen steadily over the past centuries. NASA warns that global warming will first affect the polar ice sheets, which are already beginning to melt.
Another ozone hole was recently discovered in the Earth’s stratosphere. Therefore, combating climate change is a priority for scientists. The idea of MIT engineers is based on a concept proposed by astronomer Roger Engel. He repeatedly assumed to send a permanent “cloud” of spaceships, which would protect our planet from solar radiation.
Scientists decided to use this idea, but turned the spacecraft into silicon bubbles. This is to reduce harmful radiation reaching the Earth.
They want to send “space bubbles”. They are to reduce solar radiation
Where exactly will the “cosmic bubbles” cloud be located? The researchers plan to send it toward the L1 Libration Point (also known as the Lagrange Point) in the Earth-Sun system. It is a place in space where a body of negligible mass can rest in relation to other bodies in the system. There, the “bubbles” can float freely in space without drifting towards the Earth or the Sun.
However, the researchers stress that for everything to work properly, they will probably have to send a spacecraft in that direction anyway. It must be emphasized that the idea of engineers at MIT is not a substitute for other ground-based efforts to stop climate change.
Instead, it’s a complementary solution to help reduce the negative effects of global warming, the researchers suggest.
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