tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-35187314.post5025902880658863720..comments2020-08-14T01:11:20.898-04:00Comments on Physics Buzz: Fermi Problem FridayAPS Webmasterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05951833208918853453noreply@blogger.comBlogger4125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-35187314.post-87854630977082144992009-07-29T17:27:24.040-04:002009-07-29T17:27:24.040-04:00Close, but forgetting one thing. Assuming they did...Close, but forgetting one thing. Assuming they did not change velocity for the insertion burn, they would have continued at a velocity of ~24,252 mph. Total of 350,640 hours in 40 years, so over 8,500,000,000 miles (~13.7 billion km).<br /><br />Even at its farthest you'd be well beyond pluto.Spivhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10510295596753094109noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-35187314.post-77577876298268888602009-07-29T16:01:17.575-04:002009-07-29T16:01:17.575-04:00If only we were so clever! Great analysis, though....If only we were so clever! Great analysis, though. I wonder if the numbers look any different if you take into account the very strange path that Apollo 11 took to the moon, though of course we weren't thinking of that here. It's wonderfully convoluted:<br /><br /><a href="http://www.nasm.si.edu/exhibitions/attm/flightpath/a11.steps.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.nasm.si.edu/exhibitions/attm/flightpath/a11.steps.html</a>scappuccinohttps://www.blogger.com/profile/08107808398210819346noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-35187314.post-79375492875060353722009-07-29T16:00:38.549-04:002009-07-29T16:00:38.549-04:00This comment has been removed by the author.scappuccinohttps://www.blogger.com/profile/08107808398210819346noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-35187314.post-41646192603731877492009-07-29T12:58:53.743-04:002009-07-29T12:58:53.743-04:00Assuming some constants...
If the trip took 4 days...Assuming some constants...<br />If the trip took 4 days and they traveled approx. 384401km (distance from Earth to Moon) then we can approximate that in a single day they traveled approx. 96100.75km.<br />The number of days in a 40 year period is 14600, include 10 extra days to account for leap years gives us 14610 days. Multiply the number of days by the distance traveled in a day (14610 x 96100.75) and we get a total distance traveled of 1,403,070,950km.<br />Saturn is approx. 1.2Billion KMs from earth so they passed Saturn and are coming up on Uranus at least in another decade and a half! (haha did you guys intend this to be a pun?).Unknownhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/16286444656004352842noreply@blogger.com