Passengers (feat. Adrian Falcone, Nerd) : Episode 72

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What: Two really pretty people get to know each other in spaaaaaaace.
Directed by: Morten Tyldum
Starring: Christopher Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Lawrence Fishburne

Featuring guest co-host
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Adrian Falcone, general-purpose internet nerd

Recommended and Related Media

Hard scifi about surviving in spaaaace! Related somewhat to some of the physics stuff we talked about on this episode. Really, we just want to find more opportunities to talk about Seveneves. 🙂
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“How did the Avalon (seemingly) get to Arcturus so quickly if they’re only traveling at .5 of lightspeed?”
Some more answers to our question about the times and distances of the ship’s travel.
Read the thread Scifi & Fantasy Stack Exchange

Show Notes

Ship design

Segmented helix. Simulated/artificial gravity. Fusion reactors and constant acceleration. 0.5c after 30 years.


A red dwarf, 37 lightyears away from earth. Could the ship have made is to that point with the time and speed given? (no) This is the meat right here. Meaningless slingshots. Red Dwarves. Physics!


Generation ships vs statis pods. Stasis as a resource-saving measure. IRL research in “stasis” and muscle-mass conservation. Acceptable levels of brain deterioration. “Minor” brain damage.

Anti-collision measures

Kinda like magic. Atomizing rocks in space at 0.5c.

Gravity and the ceasing thereof

How simulated gravity works on a giant spinning torus (or, in this case, a segmented helix). How it ceases, and the physics necessary in order to create the effect seen in the film. Swimming out of floating water.


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