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Originally posted by ChrisRT
Originally posted by Lucretius
yes i'm sure the US or China want to lose everything for the sake of a small island... please be realistic
If that was guard towards me I was asking why one country would do so... It would seem stupid if the whole purpose was to unite them. In reality i think china is just pissed because they cant impose their fist on them so they would rather destroy them...
Really though, it would be logical for the U.S. to just lay out china if they launched a nuke or two at Taiwan. It would take care of the future threat in just a few minutes time... We would write it off as saying that we thought that the nukes where headed for us as part of an initial attack on Taiwan... I hope those people in Washington think like so if it calls for these measures in the end.
Originally posted by bodebliss
Interesting Moon-Mars comparison, What about the asteroid belt or Jovian system? Those would be 10 year missions at least.
NASA has already thought about revolving ships for the Mars missions and ruled them out. The reason: to even get a little close to simulating gravity the ship would have to be at least a mile in diameter. The gravity simulation produced would not exactly mimic real gravity, as when you turn angular momentum would be very different from real gravity. Think about it w/ your 3D mind.
A funny solution for the Mars mission and beyond would be to set up permanent mailboxes. Can you imagine you get back from the Jovian system and find 400,000 emails in your mailbox.
The hard shell protection in use today would not be good for long-term space flight. NASA is looking at some kind of water-filled self-repairing composite to replace what they now use.
[edit on 12/23/2004 by bodebliss]
Originally posted by ChrisRT
COWlan, I'm not talking about nuclear annihilation but rather to place a few well sized nukes on a few key cities to effectively expire the countries progress...
The DF-31 is a three-stage, solid fuel, 8,000~10,000 km range ICBM, which could reach targets in entire Europe, the west coast and several northern Rocky Mountain states of America. Current load of the missile is a single 700 kg one-megaton yield thermonuclear warhead, although MIRV with lighter yield warheads is an expected option.
As part of the new generation of missiles, the DF-31's characteristics include road mobility, advanced materials engineering for payload and booster, improved solid-fuel propellant as well as endoatmospheric re-entry decoys, making it very difficult to counterattack at any stage of its operation, from pre-flight mobile operations through to terminal flight phases.