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Landing On The Sun - Is It Possible?

Updated on May 25, 2012
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No, no, no...a thousand times no. The sun is like, well, hot...as in really hot. You will probably melt way before you reach the sun, and.... Put it this way. Have you ever been out in the sun on a really hot day? Bet you were sweating buckets. And we are 93,000,000 miles away from the sun.

And who would want to land on the sun? There are other perfectly good planets to land on. And our moon haven't been visited for some time now. And if you really want to try landing on the Sun, try landing on Venus first. It has a mean surface temperature of over 460 degree C, which is a good warm up, and it has a nice rocky surface to land on.

Okay, that was the obvious answer. But if we ignore the obvious and really consider the possibility, what would we find?

When we think of landing on something, we think of something like a spaceship or an airplane landing on a solid surface. But think of a seaplane. It doesn't need a solid surface. The ocean's surface will do just fine.

It's just a matter of simple physics. To get an object to land on another, the landing object just has to be less dense than the object landed on.

Which means that it is possible to land on air. Drop a balloon from space. It will fall towards the Earth and at some point, it will stop falling. It would have "landed".

Do the same on the Sun, and you would have landed a balloon on the Sun!

The balloon would have to be made of tantalum hafnium carbide, which is the material with the highest melting point at 4215 degrees Centigrade, or 7619 degrees Fahrenheit. You will have to drop the balloon about 500km above the surface of the Sun, where the temperature is a cool 4000 Kelvin or 4273 degree C. It is still about 50 degrees above the melting point of the balloon, so don't forget to pray when you release the balloon. :)

But how you are going to get the balloon through the corona, which has a temperature of several million Kelvins, to drop your balloon is the subject of another hub.

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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      sabina - I like the spirit that says, "Nothing is impossible." However, strong as the spirit may be, it will probably be some time before our probes, and us, can go contemplate a landing on the sun.

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      sabina  6 years ago

      yes i am one can go to sun.nothing is impossible in this world.previously people used to regard moon,mars as god and impossible to go there.but now its just contrary.i am sure nature has got something in it to reach up to sun.only a small we need to do first is search.in findings we can find god then why not that material or thing which can lead to us to sun.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Ok, I will check it out. :)

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent hub. Published a new hub answering this question. Check it out.

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      Obviously! Why didn't I think of that? :)

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      good idea to go to sun you need glacier as a vehicle LOL Good hub

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      "An astronaut is transformed into a murderous gelatinous mass after returning from an ill-fated space voyage." Hmmm, I will reserve the melting man for when I'm really bored. :)

      Nice to talk to you again. We don't seem to be frequenting the same hubs but I'm sure I will bump into you again. :)

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      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      You really want to travel to sun??? Have you seen the movie melting man(btw it is an awful movie and I couldn't even complete watching it? Forget about us I am sure there isn't even a vehicle that can withstand that kind of heat. OK ok I know you are kidding ;)

      Btw good hub and glad to be again talking to you. It has been a while :D

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      Wow! A million nuclear explosions! It's going to be like watching a million fireworks going off at the same time. I wanna be there! Even if I get disintegrated, so be it.

      When's the next flight to the sun? :)

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      The sun is like millions of nuclear explosions going off all the time. Some kind of chemical reaction to do with Helium and Hydrogen. You really don't want to be there! Also, it's gravity would crush you until you disintegrate.

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      True. But we really have to do something about this global warming problem or the sun might become a rather cool place to live in. :)

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      An interesting idea. i think it would be a bit warm to live on the sun, so I may stay on this little blue-green planet/