History Headscratchers / Moonraker

10th Sep '16 6:36:08 AM cdrood
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** He was a good guy when he decided to help James Bond save his girlfriend and the rest of the world. It's called a HeelFaceTurn- he doesn't ''have'' to be a decent human being, but that doesn't mean he isn't doing the right thing.

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** He was a good guy when he decided to help James Bond save his girlfriend and the rest of the world. It's called a HeelFaceTurn- he doesn't ''have'' to be a decent human being, but that doesn't mean he isn't doing the right thing.thing.
* Why did Drax steal a shuttle instead of simply extending his timetable? He's managed to build a fleet of private shuttles. He's managed to build a huge space station. He did that completely undetected even though it would require years worth of trips back and forth for the construction. Why risk something as public as the theft of a multi-billion dollar spacecraft when there was no time crunch to his plan?
29th Aug '16 9:32:32 AM KeithM
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**** One of the ideas early in the shuttle program was that in an event of an emergency in orbit you could have a shuttle ready to launch in two to 3 days to launch a rescue mission.
29th Aug '16 9:10:04 AM DoctorNemesis
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** Drax probably left out the whole "hey, I'm gonna gas the whole planet!" part of his scheme to them. And it's not like Bond villains typically shy away from YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness.



* Drax probably left out the whole "hey, I'm gonna gas the whole planet!" part of his scheme to them. And it's not like Bond villains typically shy away from YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness.

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* Drax probably left out the whole "hey, I'm gonna gas the whole planet!" part of his scheme to them. And it's not like Bond villains typically shy away from YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness.
29th Aug '16 9:08:54 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Drax probably left out the whole "hey, I'm gonna gas the whole planet!" part of his scheme to them. And it's not like Bond villains typically shy away from YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness.
23rd Apr '16 10:38:58 AM DoctorNemesis
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** It's a lot more fun living out your god complex from a space station orbiting the planet with everyone down below looking up at you every time they look into the sky than in a cave somewhere.
12th Mar '16 3:20:05 PM Dragon101
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* Is Jaws supposed to be a good guy just because he found a woman and decided to turn against his master only when he realized it was in his own self-interest? I mean, this is a guy who was morally ok with biting a woman to death just a few days earlier. Clearly not a decent human being.

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* Is Jaws supposed to be a good guy just because he found a woman and decided to turn against his master only when he realized it was in his own self-interest? I mean, this is a guy who was morally ok with biting a woman to death just a few days earlier. Clearly not a decent human being.being.
** He was a good guy when he decided to help James Bond save his girlfriend and the rest of the world. It's called a HeelFaceTurn- he doesn't ''have'' to be a decent human being, but that doesn't mean he isn't doing the right thing.
25th Jan '16 12:22:41 AM Statzkeen
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** As for the possibility that the space station's size would be noticed from the ground as unusually large and bright, its important to remember that angular diameter is directly proportional to the size of the object in question '''and''' inversely proportional to the distance between the object and the observer. Or, in plain English, the further away something is from you the smaller it will look, even if its actual size when viewed up close is pretty huge. Since we're never told exactly at what altitude Drax's station is orbiting at, we can't make ''any'' assumptions about how it would look from the ground... or, for that matter, whether it would be visible to the naked eye at all. For another example of this phenomenon, consider why the sun and the moon look about the same size in the sky when the sun has approximately 400 times the diameter of the moon. [[labelnote:Answer]]Because the sun is also approximately 400 times further away than the moon, of course.[[/labelnote]]

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** As for the possibility that the space station's size would be noticed from the ground as unusually large and bright, its important to remember that angular diameter is directly proportional to the size of the object in question '''and''' inversely proportional to the distance between the object and the observer. Or, in plain English, the further away something is from you the smaller it will look, even if its actual size when viewed up close is pretty huge. Since we're never told exactly at what altitude Drax's station is orbiting at, we can't make ''any'' assumptions about how it would look from the ground... or, for that matter, whether it would be visible to the naked eye at all. For another example of this phenomenon, consider why the sun and the moon look about the same size in the sky when the sun has approximately 400 times the diameter of the moon. [[labelnote:Answer]]Because the sun is also approximately 400 times further away than the moon, of course.[[/labelnote]][[/labelnote]]
* Is Jaws supposed to be a good guy just because he found a woman and decided to turn against his master only when he realized it was in his own self-interest? I mean, this is a guy who was morally ok with biting a woman to death just a few days earlier. Clearly not a decent human being.
25th Jan '16 12:20:29 AM Statzkeen
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*** Why does rotation matter? The earth rotates near the equator at 1,000 mph, much faster than commercial jet craft, so airplanes must move along with the rotation of the earth or else nothing would be able to fly Eastwards over half the planet. Plus, they are in the atmosphere, which clearly rotates with the earth because the wind isn't flying past us at 1,000 mph.
13th Sep '15 4:33:02 AM gsv
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* In the book there's really no need for Drax to [[spoiler:develop the Moonraker and launch his nuclear warhead on London]] when he can just drive it there. M even [[LampshadeHanging lampahades]] this in the last chapter.
16th May '14 11:26:57 AM cliffc999
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** Because even an amateur, looking through a telescope, would quickly realize that the station was ''much'' too big to be an ordinary satellite, and would talk to ''someone'', even if that someone was just the local police, or something in the local paper: "Hey, everyone check out the cool new thing in orbit!"
*** You're forgetting that angular diameter is directly proportional to the size of the object in question '''and''' inversely proportional to the distance between the object and the observer. Or, in plain English, the further away something is from you the smaller it will look, even if its actual size when viewed up close is pretty huge. Since we're never told exactly at what altitude Drax's station is orbiting at, we can't make ''any'' assumptions about how it would look from the ground... or, for that matter, whether it would be visible to the naked eye at all. For another example of this phenomenon, ask yourself why the sun and the moon look about the same size in the sky when the sun has approximately 400 times the diameter of the moon. [[labelnote:Answer]]Because the sun is also approximately 400 times further away than the moon, of course.[[/labelnote]]

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** Because even an amateur, looking through a telescope, would quickly realize As for the possibility that the station was ''much'' too big to be an ordinary satellite, and space station's size would talk to ''someone'', even if that someone was just be noticed from the local police, or something in the local paper: "Hey, everyone check out the cool new thing in orbit!"
*** You're forgetting
ground as unusually large and bright, its important to remember that angular diameter is directly proportional to the size of the object in question '''and''' inversely proportional to the distance between the object and the observer. Or, in plain English, the further away something is from you the smaller it will look, even if its actual size when viewed up close is pretty huge. Since we're never told exactly at what altitude Drax's station is orbiting at, we can't make ''any'' assumptions about how it would look from the ground... or, for that matter, whether it would be visible to the naked eye at all. For another example of this phenomenon, ask yourself consider why the sun and the moon look about the same size in the sky when the sun has approximately 400 times the diameter of the moon. [[labelnote:Answer]]Because the sun is also approximately 400 times further away than the moon, of course.[[/labelnote]]
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