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How to outrun a crashing alien spaceship

Hollywood movies are obsessed with outrunning explosions and outrunning crashing alien spaceships. For explosions the movies give the optimal (but unusable) solution: run straight away. For crashing alien spaceships they give the same advice, but in this case it is wrong. We demonstrate the correct angle to flee.

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Running from a crashing alien spaceship, Prometheus 2012, copyright 20th Century Fox
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Gerty, a character in Duncan Jones’ “Moon.”

A “for fun” piece, reposted from mzlabs.com.

I would like to comment on Duncan Jones’ movie “Moon” and compare some elements of “Moon” to earlier science fiction. Continue reading Gerty, a character in Duncan Jones’ “Moon.”