Hitting the Sun is HARD

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This video is about the orbital mechanics of why it’s so hard to crash into the sun – the energy it takes to get there is astoundingly high, compared with leaving the solar system.

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International Atomic Energy Association report on nuclear waste storage:

And Slate’s article on actual potential solutions to nuclear waste:

Info about sun dive delta v from low earth orbit

Oberth effect
More on rocket burns

Sun dive probe
Other plans (jupiter assists) vs repeat Venus assist:

Solar Probe Plus technical paper:

Mercury Messenger Trajectory:

Online calculator for orbital velocities, escape velocities, etc:

Effective potential (possibly with interactive mathematica notebook?):

Equations for elliptical orbit speeds, etc:

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