Why Don T We Have Artificial Gravity Analysis

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The International Space Station, in popular science fiction movies, is portrayed as having spaceships with artificial gravity. In actuality, lack of gravity poses great risks for astronauts, such as muscle degeneration and disorientation. Rachel Feltman, in her article “Why Don’t We Have Artificial Gravity?”, addresses the possibility of artificial gravity aboard spaceships. Feltman’s claim is that the artificial gravity, commonly depicted in movies, is not an option in space travel. Feltman utilizes logos to establish her evidence and reasoning as to why artificial gravity will not work in space, as well as adopting a pedantic style of writing, plus an allusion to a standard science fiction movie. Feltman employs logos, an appeal to logic, …show more content…

In combination with her evidence from John Page on the size of the spaceship needed exceeds current standards, Feltman claims spaceship size necessary to generate the amount of gravity needed, makes all spaceships of this time look about the size of a “small apartment.” Furthermore, a ship of this size would be an expensive, fuel-guzzling spacecraft. This adds to Feltman’s viewpoint that artificial gravity ships are not a realistic opportunity. Feltman’s other claim about the disorientation, the blood being directed downwards from the brain to the feet, could pose potential hazards for the crew of the spaceship. The discomfort of being lightheaded is one thing, but the fact that blood is not circulating to the brain as effectively with the circular motion, could lead to less oxygen reaching the brain, which is potentially fatal if there is prolonged exposure. This fact also adds to the viewpoint of Feltman, mainly because no country wishes to potentially harm a space crew or make them majorly discomforted while in space for extended periods of …show more content…

Characterized by overly bookish and scholarly writing, Feltman does not do much to her writing stylistically to make it appeal to her audience. Every sentence is followed by an equally fact-driven and evidence based sentence, making the article bland on the surface, but effective in getting the point across. The only positive of a pedantic style, is that it generally sways the audience to consider the idea proposed because of the amount of evidence in the content. Feltman uses allusion in the beginning and the end of the article. She addresses the common science fiction movie, and the tactics those movies use to establish artificial gravity. She employs this stylistic element so that she can establish that these movies do not have a scientific basis as to how artificial gravity would work, and that the methods used in these movies are only

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