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  1. I really liked this movie. I felt the same way about the "documentary" feel, but then I learned that it was all filmed on a (relatively) very low budget, so it's pretty impressive that it's as high-quality as it is. Anyway, the Europa lander: That's amazing, I can't wait. In my opinion, the best-case scenario* is that exploration of Europa plays out a little like it did on Mars, with a series of "Ooh that's interesting, let's take a closer look!" missions, culminating in an under-ice mission. That'll make for an exciting next few decades. *More accurately, the best-case scenario that actually
  2. I actually forget where I first saw it, but I know it wasn't 9gag. I'm not actually sure what 9gag is, to be honest...
  3. So it seems that a main disagreement here is a matter of semantics. 'Numbers' could mean two different things: 1- The symbols that most humans currently use to represent quantities, which look like this: '1234...' 2- The concept of quantities in the universe. So basically, whether 'numbers' means the symbols or the idea they represent. The same problem exists for the definition of 'math.' I intended those words to refer to the underlying idea, rather than the symbols humans invented. Obviously, the symbol that looks like '2' is not a fundamental universal constant, it's a result of the develop
  4. Of course, I didn't think of this question, I saw it on the internet. I'm just curious as to what the citizens of the KSP forums feel about this: Were numbers and math invented by people, or are they a fundamental attribute of the universe that we gave words and symbols to? By 'numbers' and 'math,' I mean the underlying ideas that those represent. Obviously, the symbol that looks like '2' is not a fundamental universal constant; it's a product of the development of written language. The same goes for the symbols '=' and '+'. But these symbols represent meaningful ideas, just like the string of
  5. I'm imagining a small craft being launched with an EMDrive into orbit, and when it's fired up, it instantly accelerates to a fraction of the speed of light sufficient to destroy the Moon on impact. Later, scientists discover that they misplaced a negative sign in an equation. But more on-topic, I have a question (I'm sorry if this has been answered previously in the thread). A main concern with the EmDrive is that it violates the conservation of momentum. But in order to do this, the drive must use energy. And as far as I understand, matter and energy are interchangeable in some respect. So, c
  6. The rest of your post is valid (at least, I can't find any immediate problems with it), but this is not. You can use electricity from an arbitrary renewable source to electrolyze water into hydrogen and oxygen, which can be used as rocket fuel. Obviously, this isn't the best fuel for every scenario (if it was, it would be the only fuel that's ever used), but it's at least an option.
  7. I used a poor choice of words in the poll and in my original post. Rather than saying "Humanity" I should have said "Any life, intelligence, or culture directly descended from or created by humanity." You all make some great points: A billion years from now, a negligible chance that there will be a recognizable human civilization. Culture, technology, and biology all change, and changes in one of those cause changes in the other two, so it's inevitable, given enough time, that humanity will cease to exist in it's current form. But I think that descendants of humanity will exist for a long time
  8. NOTE ABOUT THE POLL: "Humanity" was a poor choice of words. I should have said "Life, intelligence, or civilization descended from humanity." Call me an optimist, but I think that human civilization (or at least a descendant of us) has a strong chance of lasting billions of years into the future. That is, if we maintain a strong space program. And by "human civilization" I mean whatever species or civilization evolves from us. Since it would be unlikely for any species to last a billion year without evolving to be almost unrecognizable, and even less likely for a culture to last a thousand wit
  9. (This has already been mentioned, but I'm going to go into a little more detail) There's some common misconceptions about space and heat. First of all, let's define heat: Heat is the vibration of atoms within a material. If something is hotter, then the atoms vibrate more. Space doesn't have any atoms to vibrate, so it doesn't have a temperature.* Stuff can be cooled by two methods**: Conduction and Radiation. Conduction is the transfer of heat by contact: When a hot thing is in contact with a cold thing, the atoms vibrating very energetically in the hot thing tend to smash into the atoms vibr
  10. Yes, but that's not an option for unmanned craft. (That particular craft was unmanned, but I guess I cropped a little too close to see that)
  11. That's a fair point. However, you could also use realism to argue the opposite point. If two different countries on opposite sides of the Earth want to launch a satellite into geosynchronous orbit above their country, you can't really do that with one satellite at all.
  12. Oh my god, how did I not think of this?! I'm going to try this ASAP!
  13. I definitely love this idea. If not a procedurally generated part, then at least like a subassembly with randomly-chosen parts. Either this, or make the satellite disappear (or at least become uncontrollable) once the contract is fulfilled. But either way, it's a single-player game, so everyone's free to do what they want. I personally have 'abused' this a few times when I was short on cash, but I try not to do it too often. (When I have done it, I like to imagine the company that paid to put the satellite in orbit being really confused when it suddenly left its orbit to go to the Mun. "What a
  14. I had thought I made them public, but I guess I messed up somewhere along the way. That's exactly what I did. If I had not done that, then the pictures would have shown up as the little "missing picture" icon like they did. Anyway, got it all sort of sorted out. I'm using a free trial of imageshack, so the pictures will disappear in 30 days, but nonetheless, let's get this thread back on track, shall we?
  15. Uh oh. They work for me, but they are from Dropbox, so there might be some permission issue. I tried using Imgur, but the site just refuses to load for me. EDIT: Ah yes, I signed out of dropbox and now they don't work. I'm currently trying to fix it.
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