Reality Check by Dave Whamond

Reality Check

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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, almost 2 years ago

    It would have been cool if Armstrong’s first words had been “To boldly go where no man has gone before”.

    At least he didn’t slip and blurt out “Oh @#$%”

  2. AussieDownUnder

    AussieDownUnder said, almost 2 years ago

    Houston we have a problem.

  3. stardakev

    stardakev said, almost 2 years ago

    I hate to be pedantic, but the Lunar Module left the legs and base behind when it returned to the Command Module orbiting the moon.

  4. Arianne

    Arianne said, almost 2 years ago

    Good one, Ralph! That’s one giant pun for squirrel kind.

  5. Arianne

    Arianne said, almost 2 years ago

    During all those years of watching Star Treks, it never occurred to me that the WHOOSH you hear when the Enterprise takes off wouldn’t be audible in space. I had to read about it on a fan website. Partypooper! I love that whoosh!

  6. dcell59

    dcell59 said, almost 2 years ago

    OK, but you also wouldn’t be just sitting in space where you could listen to it. If you were in a ship nearby, the vibrations of the Enterprise taking off could still be transferred to your ship and you’d hear that.

  7. ojhengenjr

    ojhengenjr said, almost 2 years ago

    No. There would be nothing to transfer the vibration. The atmosphere does that, too.

  8. sfreader1

    sfreader1 said, almost 2 years ago

    @ojhengenjr

    What about Solar Wind? Does it not tranfer from the sun to all around? I know it is not sound, but there IS movement in space, so isn’t sound possible?

  9. sheridan1952

    sheridan1952 said, almost 2 years ago

    Solar “Wind” is a misnomer. There is no atmosphere in space, so sound cannot travel and since vibrations depend on an atmosphere to propagate, they cannot travel either.

    Solar Wind made up of charged particles, not air molecules

    http://www.qrg.northwestern.edu/projects/vss/docs/space-environment/3-what-is-solar-wind.html

  10. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, almost 2 years ago

    sfreader1: The solar wind wouldn’t, but the rocket exhaust as it left would. Look what the retrorockets did when landing.

  11. capndunzzl

    capndunzzl said, almost 2 years ago

    …there’s a lot of theories about that.

  12. comicnut4636

    comicnut4636 said, almost 2 years ago

    @dcell59

    None of the Enterprises ever “took off”.
    They were launched from a space station where they had been constructed. The Enterprise was never intended to “land”. Hence the shuttle craft and of course the Transporter.

    Although Captain Picard did crash land the Saucer once.

  13. Big Sister

    Big Sister said, almost 2 years ago

    @sheridan1952

    Then how do satellites work?

  14. bmonk

    bmonk said, almost 2 years ago

    @Arianne

    How about the sound of space explosions? Including Star Wars’ Death Star? Or the nice rings of smoke, in a micro-gravity environment? All conventions for us earth-bound types.

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