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Planet of the Apes - Faster Than the Speed of Light?
In the course of the movie, Taylor says that he and his crew were traveling at the speed of light for about a year and a half until they crashed, now go to the part where Taylor and his crew are rowing down the river. Taylor says that they are 320 light-years away from earth, but if they had only traveled for a year and a half, they should have only been about 1.5 light-years away from earth.
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shawn writes:
Well, obviously Taylor screwed up on this mission because they were on Earth the whole time. So this is a slip-up by a character, not in the movie itself.
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DrTinz writes:
If you recall, Taylor is on Earth so he is neither 320 light years or 1.5 light years from Earth. He is on Earth. He's also in the future several more years than the 1.5 that he was traveling. This isn't a slip-up. It's part of the madness that makes the movie.
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Geo writes:
If you read the original book by Pierre Boulle you will be told about travel at the speed of light being relative to time. The year and a half was the acceleration and deceleration period.
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BeckAndCallBoy writes:
No slip-up here. This is the actual story: The astronauts have only experienced 18 months in deep space travel, because time is relative to them traveling near the speed of light. Time has slowed down for them. They have been in space for near 1000 years Earth time. As Taylor remarks, based on Dr. Haslein's theory of a ship traveling near the speed of light, they (the astronauts) have aged hardly at all while those they left on Earth are long since dead and gone. "You who are reading me now are a new breed . . . and I hope, a better one."
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