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Flags Engineered for Space - Mercury

Posted by Accent Banner on Jul 20, 2020 1:09:33 PM

Mercury is a tiny, dense deeply cratered world, so close to the sun that it is continually scorched and blasted by solar emissions. The sky is always black because of the thin atmosphere.


Minimum temperature: 290F (-180°C) during the night
Maximum temperature: 800°F (430°C) during the day

Mercury is so close to the sun, the flag has to be able to withstand the intense heat and solar radiation.

Carnegie Rupes is 166 miles (267km) long and reaches 6,600ft (2000m) tall in places.

Flag Construction
The answer is a sun-blocking parasol, which works as a heat-resistant, highly reflective sunshade and sits on a titanium frame fixed to the top of the flag. Temperatures on the top can reach 700˚F (371°C) when the parasol is closest to the sun. However behind the shade the flag operates around room temperature like
70°F or 20°C.

Flag Materials
Copper, nickel, cobalt, iron, titanium, tungsten and chromium.

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