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Old 03-22-2007, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Triskadecamus
Firing a bullet from a handgun in space is a pretty extreme step. You are going to tumble, for sure, and the bullet is going to be a navigational hazard as well. It will have a new orbit, that intersects with your orbit once each orbital cycle. So, from any useful orbit, it becomes a big problem for you. If you hit your target, the orbital mechanics of hazards change, but mostly just the number of projectiles from your shattered target.

There is way too much trash in orbit already. Target practice doesn't seem warranted.

Wouldn't a bullet fired from a gun already in Earth orbit have enough velocity to leave Earth orbit?