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Re: starship-design: Re: Perihelion Maneuver

> From: KellySt@aol.com
> In a message dated 11/24/97 12:31:47 PM, kuo@bit.csc.lsu.edu wrote:
> >Actually not.  Remember that resolution is proportional to the distance
> >from the observed object.  A Voyager-like probe could fly by an
> >atmosphere-less planet a kilometer from its surface.  That gives it
> >at least a 4x10^13 advantage in resolution compared to a Solar System
> >telescope.  Assuming the Voyager-like probe had a camera with a 1cm
> >lens, the Solar System telescope would need to be at _least_
> >4,000,000,000 kilometers in diameter to equal it.
> I.E. about 10 light secounds.  Lunar orbit is 3 light secounds, earth orbit
> is about 960 light secounds. So a 10 light secound array isn't that big of 
> a deal. Certainly far cheaper and quicker then launching a interstellar 
> probe.
4,000,000,000 km / 300,000 km/s = 13,333 s = 3.7 hours.
Somebody's wrong...

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