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You See When 2 Ships Meet...

Mr_Tuvix

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Report this Oct. 14 2003, 8:55 am

How come when 2 ships meet in space, they are always both in the same direction? Like one is never facing the underside of the other, and stuff. If space is 3D, then how come they all travel through space as if it was 2D?

Vold

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Report this Oct. 14 2003, 12:00 pm

yeah, been wondering about that for years. maybe they are up & down, just that in space when they faced each other, it looks like 2D. Thats because theres only 2 ship to base on,

now if there are lots like in DS9 ending & Voyager’s group scenes we can see some up down left right.

jimgrant1701

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Report this Oct. 14 2003, 1:04 pm

The galaxy is not a shpere, but flattened. They use this as the "galactic plane". Al they have to do then is no the other ships orientation.

Mr_Tuvix

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Report this Oct. 14 2003, 2:56 pm

Yea, but whenever they meet, they don’t have to orientate themselves, and a ship might be more vulnerable underneath, where there aren’t as many weapons, or whatever.

Q1

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Report this Oct. 14 2003, 4:04 pm

Space is filled top down and side to side, and all the objects in it have a 3dimensional directional relation to each other. You can think of space as a bag and all the objects in it are just filling it up facing each other.

Q1

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Report this Oct. 14 2003, 4:13 pm

You can travel in different angles in space but that doesn’t mean that you can make that path into a straight line and relativisticly draw the same grid in any direction.

Q1

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Report this Oct. 14 2003, 4:14 pm

Just because space is infinite doesn’t meant that it doesn’t have a center.

Visor

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Report this Oct. 14 2003, 6:26 pm

either they purpously meet on the same plain or the directors just dont understand the principals of space travel.

Q1

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Report this Oct. 14 2003, 8:32 pm

It’s like being in the ocean.

markthom

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Report this Oct. 14 2003, 9:44 pm

Actually it’s even worse than that. When the Enterprise has to turn to right or left (er, I mean starboard or port) you’ll often see the ship "lean" into the turn, as if it were an airplane banking or something. That makes no sense, but I guess the imagery seems graceful to us because of what we’re used to.

tribblish

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Report this Oct. 15 2003, 1:42 pm

But also, you guys gotta think about that way Star Trek is presented. To go from moving on a flat ground to floating around in nothing is a big concept for some people.

Vold

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Report this Oct. 15 2003, 10:47 pm

not quite, the engines turning the ship could be like under the ship, at the sides. pushing it to turn & look like being pushed over. All the series & movies & games as well.

RamsFan1

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Report this Nov. 01 2003, 10:45 pm

Space is a more perfect vacuum than anything man can create, but it is far from empty. It is very possible that there are "lanes" in space that are more free of particles than others (owing to the gravitational influence of objects) that would be more conducive to travel than just pointing at a star and saying "go straight on, no turns". And who said space is 3D? It may well ahve other dimensions that we have only begun to theorize, as we have never really left the "backyard" of our planet. Maybe once we explore beyond the fringes of our solar system, we will find that space is 4, 5, or 6 or more dimensional, thereby rendering things into a more "flattened" universe than what we see optically. Maybe these ships run into each other just because the "lanes" they are travelling are the safest places to travel...
But, then again, it could be due to the fact that the shows were written for an audience that thinks MAINLY in two dimensions, and it made for more interesting stories....

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