Pinnacles of Geekdom on Display

I simply must give props to Stephanie Zvan for her account of determining the hull thickness of a certain famous fictional space station based on data provided in the opening credits, with calculations scribbled on a cocktail napkin in a bar, using a formula obtained via cell phone from her ex’s new girlfriend consulting a textbook, and reaching a disquieting conclusion.

Her conclusion is presented here, although I made the font color match the background to prevent spoilers: the steel hull would have a maximum thickness of 1/2 mm.

I’m no physicist or engineer, but I’d say attempting to maintain air pressure inside the station would’ve destroyed it in a matter of seconds—except that microscopic space debris probably would’ve gotten it first.


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