Thursday, December 10, 2009

Ten Ways Space Travel Isn’t Like Television or the Movies

As you might have noticed, I am a bit under the radar, so while I am in the process of shifting poses and getting on top of the radar [pardon the lame pun, I have been on one hour sleep for around 48 hours] I have this interesting article to keep you company. [LINK] Excerpt below.


10. There is no sound in space (rumbling engines, electronic beeping, laser blasts, etc.)

10 Sounds

You’ve probably heard this fact stated before by your high school science teacher or some killjoy walking out of a movie theater: If movies were trying to be scientifically accurate, there would be absolutely no sound out in space. That means no booster rockets rumbling, no laser blasts during an epic space battle; just pure silence. Space, by it’s very definition, is made up of absolutely nothing. Since sound is caused by vibrations through a medium — air, water, etc. — there’s simply no way for sound to transmit over any distance. Of course, watching almost any action scene from Star Wars with the mute button on would be incredibly boring, so filmmakers usually get a pass for this one.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Space battles would be pretty boring without sound...

Harry Markov said...

In TV yes, but if we were to look at this from a realistic point of view, then yeah no sound.

Chris said...

But music can make up for the lack of sound. Firefly did pretty well with the lack of sound. :)

Harry Markov said...

Ah, Firefly. I know I should watch that series already, but time issues hinder me as always.

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