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Re: Propellant fluid dynamics at zero-g



This story was made into an Outer Limits episode
and is one of my favorites as the pilot searches
like mad for a way to do everything, land, save
the cargo, and keep the stowaway on board.
It was really well done.

Bob
N4HY



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Louis A. Mamakos" <louie@TransSys.COM>
To: "Peter A. Klein" <pklein@2alpha.net>
Cc: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 09, 2001 10:08 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Propellant fluid dynamics at zero-g 


> 
> > This whole thread reminds me of a science fiction story I read a long
> > time ago, called "The Cold Equations."  It was about a pilot of a ship
> > that ferried cargo from orbit to a colony on the planet below.  These
> > transport ships carried only enough fuel to decelerate the mass of the
> > ship, pilot and allocated cargo.  On one of his trips to the surface,
> > the pilot discovers an unexpected passenger--the kid sister of a
> > colonist who decided that she couldn't wait until her scheduled
> > transport to see her brother, and stowed away on the cargo ship.  Her
> > extra mass means that he doesn't have enough fuel to land without
> > crashing, nor can he abort his descent.
> > 
> > Does anyone remember who wrote this story?
> 
> From: http://www.tiac.net/users/cri/coldeq.html
> 
> The Cold Equations by Tom Godwin was first published in the August 1954
> issue of Astounding Science Fiction, pp 62-84, and was illustrated
> by Kelly Freas. It is both popular and controversial; it is one of
> the most frequently reprinted stories in SF. 
> 
> This story has shown up in some collections, and was also made into
> an Outer Limits (I think) episode.  It's a great story.
> 
> louie
> wa3ymh
> 
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