Scientists Pitch Massive Mirror Sun Shade to Save Earth

Mastermind convinced $350T project will get off ground in some 20 years
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 27, 2009 5:17 AM CST
Dr. Roger Angel is convinced his out-this-this-world plan will work.   (©Brooks Elliott)
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(Newser) – Scientists are proposing a stunning rescue project right out of a science fiction movie to save the earth from global warming: a massive 100,000-square-mile mirrored "sun shade." Trillions of tiny mirrors would be blasted by a cannon into space a million miles above earth to deflect the sun's rays under the plan, reports the Daily Telegraph. University of Arizona mastermind Dr. Roger Angel is confident the $350 trillion project could get off the ground in some 20 years.

Angel has already secured money from NASA for a pilot project. "What we have developed is certainly effective, and a method guaranteed to work," said Angel. We're talking about a project which will stop global warming for centuries to come. The sums involved sound huge, but in the greater scheme of things it's a price worth paying."