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# 11
11-15-2010, 11:17 AM
It's not just mars and earth you have to worry about. The kuiper belt, Saturn, Jupiter, Scarlett Johansson; all of the stellar bodies orbiting the sun would be affected by the mass of the planetoid.

That said, internal heat is one thing for a planetoid to have. But will it be able to support life? Not as we know it.

Existing in space, the planet would have no atmosphere to protect the surface or any exposed area from vacuum. The surface would be extremely cold. Even inside the planetoid, miraculous coniditions would have to arise to create life. Conservatively, the mass of the planet would have to be three times earth so the upper crust could act as a shield to the living world inside it. Even then a self-sustaining ecosystem would be extremely taxing.

It would be cool to do a mission in a cave system that resembled Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth, but there's no need to complicate things by setting it on a collision course with Earth. If you want you can play the terrorist angle with Titan, one of Saturn's moons. We believe there might be life in the methane-based atmosphere there.
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# 12
11-15-2010, 11:42 AM
Not necessarily a hypo, our galaxy is going to t-bone andromeda in a couple billion years.

Quote:
"Captain ___________, we have a situation on our hands. In about 50 years a rogue planet named ZY1035 will approach the Sol System close enough to influence or delicate ecosystems. Starfleet Medical has informed us that it cannot be destroyed, so it must be __________________________________________"
Have Starfleet engineering construct a gravity distortion satellite for ZY1035 counteracting the sun's gravitational pull on it. The small interuption(s) in gravity will throw the planetesimal out of the path of Earth's orbit around the sun.
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# 13
11-15-2010, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Klingorion View Post
Have Starfleet engineering construct a gravity distortion satellite for ZY1035 counteracting the sun's gravitational pull on it. The small interuption(s) in gravity will throw the planetesimal out of the path of Earth's orbit around the sun.
I like your answer, mine is:

Quote:
a subspace field generator produces a subspace distortion that is counterbalanced by subspace itself, so the actual subspace field is the resulting field of both. The impact of a subspace field is that any mass within the field partially "submerges" into subspace, allowing propulsion of a starship with less energy expense, for instance.
In addition http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Subspace_field

A number of subspace field generators placed around the planet as proposed by the genetically engineered individuals in DS9 would drastically alter the mass of the planet, (if the generators are strong enough) Thus given 50 years of a single tracktor beam would alter the course enough.

This is fun.

As for the possibility of life? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_planet Yes it is Wikipedia but this is science fiction after all. I get a lot of my ideas just surfing around wikipedia, clicking links.

I do like the group of Titan. Some of the outer moons would be an interesting staging point.
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# 14
11-15-2010, 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by SP3CTREnyc
It's not just mars and earth you have to worry about. The kuiper belt, Saturn, Jupiter, Scarlett Johansson; all of the stellar bodies orbiting the sun would be affected by the mass of the planetoid
Scarlett Johansson - oh god... I must do something to help her


*Racks brain* Oh I know, 50 years you say? Set up a Team of scientists and engineers to construct massive propulsion systems on the surface. One engine about the size of a city and then blast it sending it in the opposit direction

Or go Armaggeddon on the mother
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