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Re: Re: starship-design: Planetary Landing

In a message dated 6/5/98 10:17:11 PM, jon_jay1@juno.com wrote:

>>Why would you want to land on a planet anyway?
>You may be spending long amounts of time on one planet at a time; it
>would be easier just to bring the entire ship down to the planet rather
>than making plenty of ship to planet transports, and possibly cheaper,
>depending on the amount of planets you studied.

But since the survey teams are going to need to cover the whole planet, and be
a tiny fraction of the ships crew, and noit need decades worth of suplies.  It
wouldn't be practical.  Sort of like beaching a super tanker.

Also contamination from the planets are the greates danger the crew could face
(so survey teams may need to be abandoned if they become contaminated) so you
wouldn't want to risk the whole crew.