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A rock with a surface consisting of 71% water? I don't think so.
It's still a rock nonetheless.
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post #12 of 33
Let's just call Tellus a moist rock with lots of love and hate on it.
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I wonder what the relative gravity on this rock would be. You 'd have to walk carefully in order not to jump out of its gravitational pull I would think haha.

Edit: 3% of earth's gravity. So yeah, be careful, it will take a looong time to descend again.
Edited by MagicBox - 10/5/11 at 9:38am
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post #14 of 33
While we're at it, let's send folks over to mine the heck out of the asteroid belt!

The article also highlights another interesting property of Vesta: Being the only body that no longer has heat, which means they could theoretically drill down to the middle, escavate a huge room which would have negative zero gravity. Surrounded by some hundreds of kilometres of rock all around
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post #15 of 33
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A rock with a surface consisting of 71% water? I don't think so.
which makes up maybe 2% of earth's total mass. Like in the movie Armageddon, if something this big were to hit us, it wouldnt matter where it landed it would still be a land impact. The only difference between a land and ocean impact is the supersonic mile high wall of water that will get kicked out ahead of the overpressure wave

This is what such an impact would look like

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post #16 of 33
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While we're at it, let's send folks over to mine the heck out of the asteroid belt!

The article also highlights another interesting property of Vesta: Being the only body that no longer has heat, which means they could theoretically drill down to the middle, escavate a huge room which would have negative zero gravity. Surrounded by some hundreds of kilometres of rock all around
Lol! That'd be interesting... being pulled in all directions at once if you were at the exact center!
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It will be just as boring as it is in EVE.
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post #18 of 33
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Originally Posted by MagicBox View Post
While we're at it, let's send folks over to mine the heck out of the asteroid belt!

The article also highlights another interesting property of Vesta: Being the only body that no longer has heat, which means they could theoretically drill down to the middle, escavate a huge room which would have negative zero gravity. Surrounded by some hundreds of kilometres of rock all around
If you dug out the center wouldn't that remove the source of gravity there? Meaning that gavity would start working in reverse. You would be able to walk on the cieling and walls since the gravity there would be stronger. Or rather there would only be a floor...where ever you stepped there would be gravity under your foot.

Kind of interesting to think about...
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 10/5/11 at 11:18am
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post #19 of 33
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If you dug out the center wouldn't that remove the source of gravity there? Meaning that gavity would start working in reverse. You would be able to walk on the cieling and walls since the gravity there would be stronger.
That's what negative zero G means But a huge room of 1km in diametre would still be 0.2% of the total diametre. If you were to walk at the edge the pull would be trivially small as each side's gravity would practically cancel out. An idea would be to spin up the asteroid to create artificial gravity.

Asteroids would make very nice natural space ships if you ask me
Edited by MagicBox - 10/5/11 at 11:20am
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post #20 of 33
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That's what negative zero G means But a huge room of 1km in diametre would still be 0.2% of the total diametre. If you were to walk at the edge the pull would be trivially small as each side's gravity would practically cancel out. An idea would be to spin up the asteroid to create artificial gravity.

Asteroids would make very nice natural space ships if you ask me
That would be pretty awesome actually (to spin up an asteroid). I wonder how much energy it would take to spin up something of that size...!
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