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Celestial bodies can be used to help increase speed by using the body's gravitational mass as a force to project the object. It's been used for satellites, long distance programs (Voyager/Pioneer), and other orbiters/robotics.

The effect is essentially similar to a 'sling-shot'.
Haha, who are you explaining the theory too?

He said the time we shot the space shuttle around the moon. I was simply asking had we actually ever 'sling-shot' a maned shuttle around anything? Satellites/robotics sure, but a maned crew? Eh, I'm not so sure we've done that. It was a question though.
     
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Haha, who are you explaining the theory too?

He said the time we shot the space shuttle around the moon. I was simply asking had we actually ever 'sling-shot' a maned shuttle around anything? Satellites/robotics sure, but a maned crew? Eh, I'm not so sure we've done that. It was a question though.
As for a manned flight, I'm not sure.
    
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As for a manned flight, I'm not sure.
Let's be honest, that'd scare the crap out of me if I were one of the guys in the shuttle. Especially with the low gravity of the moon, I bet you'd have to get decently close.
     
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Let's be honest, that'd scare the crap out of me if I were one of the guys in the shuttle. Especially with the low gravity of the moon, I bet you'd have to get decently close.
Ha, no doubt I'd be scared too. All I can think of is Stargate Universe and the Ancient (really ancient) starship going through stars for power...

I'd probably poop myself.
    
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That was my thought too. The bit about intercepted messages has me concerned. Our single example of how life develops space-faring ability shows us that only a planet's most successful predators will achieve the capability and only after much bloodshed. While there is no Unobtainium on our planet, there is one unique resource - genetic codes. If there is a species out there like Borg or Zerg, something that values genetic diversity and will commit violence to add those traits to their own collective gene pool, we'd be in serious trouble if they found our planet.
Well... your flaw is that.... your basis is on one single example.

How do you know what is possible when you have only one reference?



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Haha, who are you explaining the theory too?

He said the time we shot the space shuttle around the moon. I was simply asking had we actually ever 'sling-shot' a maned shuttle around anything? Satellites/robotics sure, but a maned crew? Eh, I'm not so sure we've done that. It was a question though.
Sure.... how do you think the Apollo missions reached the moon?
www.courses.ncssm.edu/math/NCSSM%20Student%20Materials/InvestigationsTrimester%203/Moon.pdf


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Let's be honest, that'd scare the crap out of me if I were one of the guys in the shuttle. Especially with the low gravity of the moon, I bet you'd have to get decently close.
...the space shuttle is not designed to travel to the moon or outside Earth's orbit.

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I think scientists should work on an array of planetary defence systems and warships before sending out some squeeky-boffin's voice to open space, or some music that'll probably entice war.
What if we drop $10 trillion dollars on a weapon defense system that is completely ineffective?

If a space faring race did reach Earth, I assume they would have technology more advanced than us... shielding for deep space travel, long range navigation/targetting, massive amounts of energy storage, etc.
Edited by DuckieHo - 12/20/10 at 7:33am
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Your link doesn't work duckie. I'd love to click and learn, that was why I asked the first question.
     
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What if we drop $10 trillion dollars on a weapon defense system that is completely ineffective?

If a space faring race did reach Earth, I assume they would have technology more advanced than us... shielding for deep space travel, long range navigation/targetting, massive amounts of energy storage, etc.
So do I mate, I'm not naive enough to think we're anywhere near the most advanced species, let alone anywhere near the oldest.
And as you said, I'd be the first to say that our tech wouldn't necessarily do anything to them if so, our minerals and hull and exterior fabrications aren't the only one's in the universe.
A man can joke!

Civilizations will progress technologically faster than others aswell, there's too many variables and too big a space.
I do worry somewhat about the contact of other civilizations though, people need to realise there's not just "good" and "bad" as we perceive it, other civilizations can be like nothing we've ever imagined.
Saying that, I wouldn't freak out if "alien's" visited neither.

Life's life at the end of the day.

I used to love Stargate SG1, should really see more of Universe...
 
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Watch season one and season two in order! Makes more sense in some spots (as with most shows)! It's good, you'll like it. It's not amazing - but it's good! I'd recommend it to any Sci-Fi fan!
    
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That was my thought too. The bit about intercepted messages has me concerned. Our single example of how life develops space-faring ability shows us that only a planet's most successful predators will achieve the capability and only after much bloodshed. While there is no Unobtainium on our planet, there is one unique resource - genetic codes. If there is a species out there like Borg or Zerg, something that values genetic diversity and will commit violence to add those traits to their own collective gene pool, we'd be in serious trouble if they found our planet.
Who says that there's no equivalent of Unobtanium on our planet?
Earth is the only known producer of "fart-jokes" in the entire universe! Highly prized weapons among the intelligentsia of the Inter-Galactic Realm!
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