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light sail

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Of their eight tentacles, six were elongated, and stretched out floating on the water, whilst the other two, rolled up flat, were spread to the wing like a light sail. I saw their spiral-shaped and fluted shells, which Cuvier justly compares to an elegant skiff.
We rigged up a single short mast and light sail, fastened planking down over the ballast to form a deck, worked her out into midstream with a couple of sweeps, and dropped our primitive stone anchor to await the turn of the tide that would bear us out to sea.
He took off the light sails, shortened right down to storm canvas, spread life lines, and waited for the wind.
A light sail works by bouncing light, or in this case radio beams, off a huge reflective sheet to provide forward thrust.
Oumuamua, the first interstellar object known to enter our solar system, accelerated faster away from the Sun than expected; hence the notion that some kind of artificial sail that runs on sunlight -- known as a light sail -- may have helped push it through space.
He chose the company's name because a light sail (also known as a solar sail) moves through space via solar radiation pressure.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Planetary Society is preparing to test a spacecraft called LightSail that uses a light sail for propulsion.
CR Membranes also use carbon fibre as the primary fibre, which results in a light sail that is not affected by UV in the same way as an aramid sail.
"We had a new light sail, a masthead zero, that we deployed for the first time in the practice race and we were as fast as CAMPER at the start."
Or another little masterpiece, from a private collection, that sets a pair of dark sails and a single light sail against a minimally inflected, washy ground with a bare hint of horizon.