01 Apr '12 15:06>
Could it be done?
Originally posted by murphiusIts a big joke. It is a pure fantasy only in part ( there are several reasons ) because no known material can hold back the huge pressures and temperatures to stop a capsule imploding. Not even solid diamond would be sufficient. I have speculated that, with extreme difficulty, it might be possible to send an unmanned probe with no air-gaps in it to implode a short distance below the Earth's crust and briefly swim very slowly ( magma has high viscosity ) in the magma and send some meaningful data back to the surface. But a manned vehicle to the core of the Earth will always be pure fantasy.
Could it be done?
Originally posted by WoodPushHeh, funny comment.
I love one of the comments made at that URL: "Brings new meaning to sacrificing a virgin to the volcano!"
Anyway, it seems like the goal of the project is far less ambitious than travelling to the core of the earth. Rather, just probing inside a volcano. It seems like that's a little more realistic.
Originally posted by tim88If there was a tunnel straight through the centre of the earth.
what if there was a hole right through the earth and you jump in it would you fall out of the hole?
Originally posted by googlefudgeEven in a vacuum, you'd eventually settle in the core.
If there was a tunnel straight through the centre of the earth.
And that tunnel contained a vacuum (so there was no air resistance).
Then if you jumped into it you would accelerate towards the centre of the earth until you
reached the very centre and then you would decelerate all the way back up the other side
until you reached the same hight above .)
If there was air resistance then you would be slowed down and just get stuck in the core.
Originally posted by amolv06Newton's first and second laws.