By Jeff Rovin

A pictorial background of the early 40's via early 70's technological know-how fiction video clips. Describes a few of the video clips, the actors who have been in them, and the issues that have been performed to accomplish the results that made sci-fi what it truly is. a must-have for any early sci-fi motion picture buff.

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We first see the starship moving in a straight line at constant speed (17 min), a motion consistent with Newton’s First Law that an object on which there is no external force, including gravity, will move at a constant speed in a straight line. As the troops in the ship awaken from a state of hibernation, they move about as though they are subject to the normal gravitational field of the Earth. But there is no nearby planet to provide this gravity at this point in the picture. Nor is the ship rotating, which would produce an artificial gravity, as in 2010.

It can be shown from trigonometry that an object moving in a circle of radius r at constant speed v has an acceleration ac whose direction is toward the center of the circle and whose magnitude is ac ϭ v 2/r. The acceleration points toward the center of the circle, but the instantaneous velocity always points in a direction tangential to the circle. The units used must be consistent: thus ac is in meters/second2 if v is in meters/second and r is in meters. Thus, it will require a net force to make an object of mass m move in a circle at constant speed.

How is this possible? Any object that is part of the starship will have the same velocity as the starship relative to the planet. Thus an astronaut in orbit around the Earth does not plummet to Earth by stepping off of a space shuttle. We have seen astronauts take “space walks” around their spaceships. The astronaut and spaceship continue moving together in orbit around the Earth. The shuttle in Aliens would have had to fire its rockets to move backward relative to the starship in order that its velocity relative to the planet was substantially reduced or made zero: only then would it fall toward the planet as depicted.

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