Re: More BASICS on space flight (was Re: SPACE: Roton in New Scientist)
Sat, 8 Aug 1998 14:29:23 EDT

In a message dated 98-08-08 05:59:00 EDT, you write:

<< This is also extremely basic stuff.

The spacecraft is already "just kinda" in free fall.

A ballistic object moving sideways at a speed at or above five miles a second never hits the earth because the Earth's surface "falls" at at least the same rate the object does (no fair pointing the object so it hits). >>

Im sorry I dont understand what you're saying. If you go 6 miles above sea level, and drop a ball, its not going to burn up on its way down. Why not slow the ballistic object down before entering the atmosphere? Thats what I asked initially.