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Jonathan: I don't remember if I've heard that one before. I would think that perhaps though the engine might be situated in such a location that the noise is being dispersed out into open space.
Todd: So you're saying that because in space there's no pressure. There's nothing for the sounds to bounce off of so it would just be silent.
Jonathan: I mean, people have grown up watching movies like Star Wars and they think that when spaceships go through outer space that they go "vooooom" as they travel. The reality is that there is no sound in space. You know, there are no lasers that go "tchoo tchoo tchoo" as they go from one ship to another. It makes great entertainment. It doesn't make great science.
Jonathan: Yes, I've read about this. That apparently if you speed up the footage to a certain point that it looks as if they are walking around normally and such, but the think is that when you take into account the gravitational pull, they've sped it up too much for it to be realistic. I don't remember the exact figures but it's something like if you speed it up to and a half times instead of three and a half times as the conspiracy theorists did then it looks completely natural, that like they're on the surface of the moon.
The moon hoax is one of many conspiracy theories.
A conspiracy theory is a belief that some historical event is either fake or a lie, and that the real story is being kept a secret, usually by the government. Sometimes conspiracies are referred to as a cover-up. People who believe in conspiracy theories are conspiracy theorists. Here are a few more conspiracy theories:
- There are many conspiracy theories to the death of famous people like John F Kennedy, Marylin Monroe and Elvis.
- Some conspiracy theorists think Area 51 in the United States has captured UFO's and aliens.
The buggy is going slow-mo.
Slow-mo is just a shortened word for slow-motion, which is when something is being done slower than natural speed. Notice the examples:
- I like to listen to songs in slow-mo when studying English.
- A drunk person sounds like they are speaking in slow-mo.
A: It doesn't make good science.
B: Fair enough.
The response 'fair enough' is used when the listener thinks the speaker has made a good point to a comment or criticism. Basically, 'fair enough' means 'good point'. Here is another example:
A: You are failing the lecture class. You must study harder.
B: But it is in English and English is not my first language.
A: Well, fair enough.
The noise is being dispersed out into space.
When something is dispersed, it is broken up or spread out. For example, vending machines disperse food. Here are a few more uses:
- The police told the crowd to disperse.
- Food was dispersed to the villagers after the earthquake.
I don't remember the exact figures.
Figures are numbers, so 'exact figures' would be specific or detailed numbers. Figures are often numbers relating to some calculation. Notice the following:
- The report gave the exact figures of the last year's sales.
- We disagree on the exact figures, but agree about the outcome.