Richie Ramos (
Sun, 08 Aug 1999 14:39:23 +0800

>No. Lead is used for shielding on Earth because it's plentiful and cheap,
>not because it's efficient. It's not the densest element -- that title
>goes to osmium -- but it's the densest *common* element.

        I didn't know that. But yeah, the shield would have been unmanageable.

>A titanium shell filled with a circulating thermal conductor that also
>blocks radiation would be best and good old water fills the bill.
>And, as noted in previous posts, that same water supply can also double as
>both propellant and reactant.

        Hmmmm. I wouldn't 8use the water in there as propellant...too important.

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