History Fridge / DeepImpact

29th May '15 1:22:20 PM Glasender
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\n* The design of ''Messiah'' was logical to the time period. They appeared to literally scavenge new and old components, including a Shuttle Orbiter crew compartment as the main cockpit, to kludge together something to fly within a year.

13th Mar '14 5:18:30 PM PetroleumJerry
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** If you're going to soft-land engines on the comet to make it steerable, then Orions probably aren't the best choice; running them would be like repeatedly hitting the comet with a very large hammer...

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** If you're going to soft-land engines on the comet to make it steerable, then Orions probably aren't the best choice; running them would be like repeatedly hitting the comet with a very large hammer...hammer. A better choice would be a steam rocket: you don't need to lift any reaction mass because you'd just use the local landscape.
28th Feb '14 4:27:05 PM PetroleumJerry
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** If you're going to soft-land engines on the comet to make it steerable, then Orions probably aren't the best choice; running them would be like repeatedly hitting the comet with a very large hammer...
2nd Dec '13 2:00:15 AM BrotherGrimace
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**** If she's the size you need to be an actual ''Orion'' vehicle, then that's not an issue. Put a larger crew and the consumables needed to sustain them aboard the ship. Also, [[TooDumbToLive teach them to keep their sun visors down when it might be a good idea to do so.]]
2nd Dec '13 1:57:01 AM BrotherGrimace
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* Also, why doesn't the ''Messiah'' have ''at least'' one ''Soyuz'' capsule as an escape vehicle? Not only would they have been useful (only one person would have been required to make a HeroicSacrifice), but they could have jury-rigged the radio equipment inside those capsules to re-establish contact with Earth.


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* Also, why doesn't the ''Messiah'' have ''at least'' '''at least''' one ''Soyuz'' capsule as an escape vehicle? Not only would they have been useful (only one person would have been required to make a HeroicSacrifice), but they could have jury-rigged the radio equipment inside those capsules to re-establish contact with Earth.

2nd Dec '13 1:56:06 AM BrotherGrimace
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* Also, why doesn't the ''Messiah'' have ''at least'' one ''Soyuz' capsule as an escape vehicle? Not only would they have been useful (only one person would have been required to make a HeroicSacrifice), but they could have jury-rigged the radio equipment inside those capsules to re-establish contact with Earth.


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* Also, why doesn't the ''Messiah'' have ''at least'' one ''Soyuz' ''Soyuz'' capsule as an escape vehicle? Not only would they have been useful (only one person would have been required to make a HeroicSacrifice), but they could have jury-rigged the radio equipment inside those capsules to re-establish contact with Earth.

2nd Dec '13 1:55:44 AM BrotherGrimace
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** Also, why doesn't the ''Messiah'' have ''at least'' one ''Soyuz' capsule as an escape vehicle? Not only would they have been useful (only one person would have been required to make a HeroicSacrifice), but they could have jury-rigged the radio equipment inside those capsules to re-establish contact with Earth.


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** * Also, why doesn't the ''Messiah'' have ''at least'' one ''Soyuz' capsule as an escape vehicle? Not only would they have been useful (only one person would have been required to make a HeroicSacrifice), but they could have jury-rigged the radio equipment inside those capsules to re-establish contact with Earth.

2nd Dec '13 1:54:30 AM BrotherGrimace
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*** Other than running out of personnel, you mean?

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*** Other than running out of personnel, you mean?mean?
* The ''Messiah'' was a ''big'' ship, as it needed to carry everything the astronauts would need for what's essentially a deep-space journey of roughly one year. To that end (under the heading of CrazyPrepared) why not load several cruise missiles adapted for spaceflight and destroy the comet by using visual guidance to shatter it far out in space by hitting it with a couple to create fissures '''and then''' flying a nuke inside? Better yet, why not just tell the world, use Earth's combined resources to build a fleet of ''Messiah''-'''class''' ships to hit the comet as mentioned above, or (just as good) have the fleet soft-land one of the vessels, lock it on the surface, and use the ship's Orion Drive to divert it by fractionally adjusting its course away from Earth?
** Of course, you want to make sure that the astronauts give themselves enough distance from the comet '''before''' they detonate the nukes.
** Also, why doesn't the ''Messiah'' have ''at least'' one ''Soyuz' capsule as an escape vehicle? Not only would they have been useful (only one person would have been required to make a HeroicSacrifice), but they could have jury-rigged the radio equipment inside those capsules to re-establish contact with Earth.


* FridgeHorror: If no one over the age of fifty would be selected, then the sheer number of older U.S. citizens who were either euthanized (to spare them from suffering through the horrors of the comet strikes) or given the means to commit suicide would have made the Holocaust look like a small-town Santa Claus parade.
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