Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?
Slashdot Deals: Deal of the Day - 6 month subscription of Pandora One at 46% off. ×

Comment Re:Please put the word "space" in quotes (Score 1) 116

BTW, the "Karmen Line" is as made-up as any other of these arbitrary distinctions. They got the 100 KM first, then came up with a reason that it was relevant, not the other way around.

      The US Air Force definition of "space" is 50 miles - also just made up, but at least they aren't claiming otherwise.

Comment Re:The life of a test pilot ... oh wait. (Score 4, Insightful) 96

You would have been wrong, anyway. There's no mystery whatsoever what happens for a particular turn radius, center of gravity, turn bank, and speed. Someone with the necessary information can calculate the derail speed within a few mph. There's nothing to be learned by trying to test the limits.

The goal of science is to build better mousetraps. The goal of nature is to build better mice.