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According to Wikipedia:
In physics, escape velocity is the minimum speed needed for an object to escape from the gravitational influence of a massive body.
But, say, I have a spaceship in low Earth orbit, from which hang a long rope. If its is strong enough, using it, one can climb from the ground up to the spaceship at any speed, 1 m/s for example, which is much slower than the first cosmic velocity.
Thus, an object can "escape from the gravitational influence of a massive body" at a speed lower than its escape velocity, as long as there is a rope or something similar, so technically speaking, escape velocity is the not minimum speed required to escape. Am I right?
If I'm right, this also means we can shoot a sensor into the event horizon of a blackhole, and then pull it back after data are collected, if we can find a really strong rope. Sounds cool.