Suppose engineers built a cylinder-shaped space ship which rotates to create artificial gravity:
__________________ /<-b \ \ / \ \ -----> a \ / / \_b->/_____________/
The space ship uses a rocket to travel through space in the direction of
a. Smaller nozzles ensure that the space ship rotates in in the direction indicated by
- If the space ship wants to travel in a straight line, without stopping, would the astronauts need to frequently turn on the smaller nozzles to keep the space ship rotating at the proper speed or would the space ship constantly rotate at the same speed forever?
- If the space ship was constantly rotated counter-clockwise to create artificial gravity, would this rotation cause the space ship to drift off course?