Posted by pork (220.127.116.11) on March 21, 2003 at 15:47:15:
In Reply to: Re: how does... posted by 5 (18.104.22.168) on March 21, 2003 at 13:58:06:
> > In the spirit of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, "If you've done one impossible thing, why not make it two?" :-P
> The key to flying is throwing yourself at the ground and miss
Yes. It helps to forget, during the process, that you're aiming at the ground. Unless you're in orbit, in which case your goal is accomplished more practically.
PS - I found that certain birds (I forget which kind) hatched and raised in a microgravity environment have learned to fly there successfully. Unlike perching and eating, flying was apparently easier for them in space than it would have been on Earth. (Who'd have thought it?) Mechanical birds designed for Earth's g-force didn't fare so well, and tended to flip in circles while hovering in or sailing through the air. As Bart suggested, taking an adult bird into orbit might produce a similar result.
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