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Re^2: What would be the most significant thing to happen if a rope (or wire) tied the Earth and the Moon together?

by Anonymous Monk
on Nov 02, 2015 at 09:26 UTC ( #1146686=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: What would be the most significant thing to happen if a rope (or wire) tied the Earth and the Moon together?
in thread What would be the most significant thing to happen if a rope (or wire) tied the Earth and the Moon together?

The Moon and the Earth are already roped together—gravitationally. And we know what that means.

I gather the question is if another, physical tether were attached to both. It'd most likely have a healthy amount of slack to account for the elliptical orbit. Perhaps a counterweight is in order at some intermediate point to provide tension. In any case, the rope would have to endure its own weight only (which is still quite a task!), plus some for doing useful work.

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