posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 11:07 AM
I have a question.
If we ever learn how to create fusion reactors, one thing I've heard is that we could scoop up hydrogen in space to fuel the reaction. Since there's
lots of hydrogen on Saturn, could you park your spaceship in its atmosphere and scoop up hydrogen? Or would it make more sense to scoop it up
somewhere else, like in open space or on an asteroid?
What I want to ask is is there a reason to EVER place a spaceship inside a gas giant?
And could there be rare places in its atmosphere where the temperature is higher? I know that the temperature is supposed to be something like -100 to
-100 celsius which is too cold for life. But might there be areas near the storms or near concentrations of energy where the temperature is higher?
And is it possible the universal gravitational constant is not constant? I am referencing g = G * M / R^2.
g = gravity
G = universal gravitational constant
M = mass of body (like a planet)
R^2 = radius of planet (metres)
This is a classic question. When students enter physics they often ask how science knows that certain things are constants. They'll play god with the
equations for fun. This is because there're a decent number of them. Whether it's the form of the equation (the sequence and number of operations) or
a constant ratio (sort of like PI). If the equations are different in another part of the universe somehow then we could end up with a part of the
universe which behaves differently.
I think it's interesting to note that while Saturn has a gravity at its surface roughly equal to earth (something like 0.92 earth gravtiy), it would
be much harder to reach escape velocity because the gravity well on saturn is deeper. I think what this means is since the planet has a larger radius
it will require more energy to escape. It may also relate to the combined weight of the atmosphere of Saturn on the surface of its heavier core, since
that's what you're launching from. I confess I don't know hte details of how it all works and I'm probably wrong on many points.
I'll admit the OP is crazy, but I really am coming at this from a different direction. Rather than only focusing on what he argues, why not bring up
other things? Like if an advanced civilization existed, could they use the gas giants in a system for anything in particular? And if we're wrong about
certain thigns in our cosmos, what might they likely be and what effect might that have?
edit on 8-1-2013 by jonnywhite because: (no reason