# Re: OT: paintballs in space (was Another set of shoulders lost) - Hewlett Packard

This is a discussion on Re: OT: paintballs in space (was Another set of shoulders lost) - Hewlett Packard ; Tom - After doing a little math, I figurered if the asteroid were causes to move sideways by 1 inch a second, after a year it would make a difference of about 500 miles. I do not know what kind ...

# Thread: Re: OT: paintballs in space (was Another set of shoulders lost)

1. ## Re: OT: paintballs in space (was Another set of shoulders lost)

Tom -

After doing a little math, I figurered if the asteroid
were causes to move sideways by 1 inch a second,
after a year it would make a difference of about 500
miles. I do not know what kind of force would be
necessary to do this, but 500 miles is not much
compared to the diameter of the earth.

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at that speed, what's to say the paint chip, (or it's disintegrating-particles),
would necessarily stop once it reached the astronaut inside the suit?

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When I say 'disintegrate' I mean 'vaporize'. Once that
happens the energy get dissipated. End of story. If the
paint chip is large enough to act like a bullet, then the
astronaut is in trouble.

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2. ## OT: paintchips in space (was Another set of shoulders lost)

Brice Yokem wrote: When I say 'disintegrate' I mean 'vaporize'. Once that
happens the energy get dissipated. End of story. If the
paint chip is large enough to act like a bullet, then the
astronaut is in trouble.

Brice,

I really wish I could find the picture.

I sure you can imagine the "windshield" glass at the front of the Space Shuttle is several inches thick and bulletproof.

I doubt I could re-create the effect with a sledge hammer.

As the article says, the odds of hitting an external space walker is extremly low, but if it did hit, I am sure it would be deadly.

-Craig

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