Re: Fish in Space

From: Ross A. Finlayson (
Date: Sun Jan 07 2001 - 12:47:09 MST

Anders Sandberg wrote:

> "Ross A. Finlayson" <> writes:
> > Also, on Mercury, as it doesn't spin as it revolves around the Sun but points
> > towards it, half of Mercury is always pointed towards the Sun and the other half
> > dark, like Earth's Moon. So, human industrial and settlement activities could be
> > started on the borders of the dark and light halves to take advantage of the
> > properties of both halves.
> Actually, this is not true. This was how people believed Mercury
> rotated before 1962, when radar observations showed it is a 3:2
> resonance between its orbit and rotation. It rotates three times in
> two Mercury years.

News to me! Is its orbit declined or is it perpendicular to the plane, I would wonder.

> > It would be nice to have globes of the planets like there are globes of the
> > Earth, actual physical globes that you can set on your desk. There are probably
> > maps to put on the walls.
> I grew up with old National Geographic Moon and Mars maps above my
> bed. I have seen such globes in interviews with NASA people and
> astronomers; it would be fun to have one but I guess they are not mass
> produced. I know some sites where you can download at least some
> surfaces for use in computer graphics (for instance,
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> Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
> GCS/M/S/O d++ -p+ c++++ !l u+ e++ m++ s+/+ n--- h+/* f+ g+ w++ t+ r+ !y

I have seen some and have copies of some maps.


Ross Andrew Finlayson
Finlayson Consulting
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