Contact: Lori Stiles
University of Arizona
Caption: The graphic shows the 2 foot-diameter flyers at L1. They are transparent, but blur out transmitted light into a donut, as shown for the background stars. The transmitted sunlight is also spread out, so it misses the Earth. This way of removing the light avoids radiation pressure, which would otherwise degrade the L1 orbit.
Credit: Illustration: Courtesy of UA Steward Observatory
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