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Moon preservation

  1. Mar 15, 2008 #1
    If a spaceshuttle collided with the moon what would happen?
    What if a missile hit it?
    If I am not mistaken the distance between our earth and the moon varies, so lets say the impact occurs when the moon's position is at its farthest normal distance from earth.
     
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  3. Mar 15, 2008 #2

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    The distance doesn't vary by much and such an impact would make little difference. The moon is pretty big.
     
  4. Mar 15, 2008 #3
    what about a nuclear bomb
     
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  5. Mar 15, 2008 #4

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    Let me rephrase my previous answer: the moon is really big. And as tough as we think we are, we don't really have the capability to inflict the kind of destructive influence people think we can.
     
  6. Mar 15, 2008 #5
    Does anybody have an idea what happens when a 50 megaton bomb explodes in a vacuum, besides the fact that it would be silent?
     
  7. Mar 15, 2008 #6

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