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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 6
02-22-2010, 10:30 AM
Oh this mockery again. Several problems with the article:

1. Yes, if the Enterprise was moving at lightspeed, it would be ripped apart by a hydrogen atom. But the Enterprise is not moving at light speed. Space is 'warped' around the ship (hence the Warp Drive) and space is moved around the ship.

2. At impulse speeds, the Deflector Dish deflects particles like stray hydrogen atoms that may damage the ship. Hence the part is named the deflector dish.

The article was written by someone who has little to no knowledge of Star Trek and was trying to teach a physics lesson to a public that has only cursory knowledge of science using a commonly recognized media. The combination of the two leads to fail on the part of the article's author.