Saturday, March 14, 2009

Which is Faster: Voyager or a Meteorite?

Ok, here's a weird one. Which is faster: the Voyager space probe (our fastest ever), as it zooms out of the solar system with sufficient velocity to escape the sun's gravity, propelled like a slingshot by the gravitational fields of the gas giant planets...or a meteorite as it sails down to earth?

You figured Voyager, right? Nope. It's only going 38,400 mph, while meteorites go 44,736 mph.

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