Rik's Ramblings

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hitch a ride to the Kuiper Belt?

From http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/epoxi/epoxi20101026.html

NASA's EPOXI mission continues to close in on its target, comet Hartley 2, at a rate of 12.5 kilometers (7.8 miles) per second...

Can't we come-up with a way to get space probes quickly to the Kuiper Belt, the outer solarsystem or beyond?   

We could engineer the "rendezvous" between space probe and comet, such that the probe becomes trapped in the gravitational field.  The probe would orbit the comet as it it shoots out at speed to the other solar system.  Once there, the probe may fire rockets, break it's orbit and zoom off to alpha senturi or somewhere similar.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

What I'd eventually like to see...

I love this quote:

What I'd eventually like to see... and by "eventually", I mean, "by next week" ...

Monday, October 25, 2010

BP has said it will sell its interests in four Gulf of Mexico oil fields to Japan's Marubeni

Ha!  Serves you right America!  Before long the Japanese will have a whaling station within sight of Alabama!  Shouldn't have been so mean to the British (Petroleum).

Monday, October 18, 2010

Books for the bookshelf!

Cracking the coding interview

Algorithms in a Nutshell