Talk:1291: Shoot for the Moon
Danish, not Megan, right?! 188.8.131.52 06:33, 15 November 2013 (UTC)
- The woman in this comic looks more similar to Megan than Danish. 184.108.40.206 07:39, 15 November 2013 (UTC)
Three meanings of shoot are used: 1. Have high plans 2. Fire a weapon 3. Aim for navigation. Sebastian --220.127.116.11 07:01, 15 November 2013 (UTC)
I'm pretty sure this is Megan, Danish have longer hair 18.104.22.168 12:18, 15 November 2013 (UTC)
The so far uncommented-about title text seems to be (almost What-If-ishly) literal in a completely different way. Except that I'm pretty sure you'll not stay within sight of the Earth, for most trajecectories. But you'd maybe find yourself in a complexly resonant orbit, maybe Cruithne-like. Just putting that out there. Resident orbital mechanics experts please feel free to evaluate accordingly. 22.214.171.124 17:05, 15 November 2013 (UTC)
Title text of course only applies to prograde approach. Retrograde would put you on a free return trajectory if you miss. (This is why Apollo used a retrograde approach, in case something went wrong on the far side, they wouldn't be stranded in a solar orbit.) --126.96.36.199 20:05, 15 November 2013 (UTC)
No time for more investigations (I will do soon):
- Megan does act like JFK in 1962
- The first Moon probes did not reach the Moon but entered a solar orbit as the title text does mention
- There are many statements by Randall: hH does not like that JFK (propaganda).
- Help me for more
Megan is clearly not quoting JFK.
Simple observation tells us that a an object sent on a moon flyby will enter solar orbit. The escape velocity of the earth is 11km/s but the escape velocity of the solar system is like four times that. Therefore, unless we accidentally accelarate the probe to over 40km/s, it will certainly remain in solar orbit.
There are only four comics listed in the JFK category and in two of them, the mention is incidental. I don't see any evidence that Randall "does not like that JFK", nor would I expect to. 188.8.131.52 01:48, 5 February 2014 (UTC)
With this comic being referenced in what if 109, and the possibility of it becoming a recurring joke, I wonder it what if 13 is also relevant here, an attempt to destroy the Moon with lasers. 184.108.40.206 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)