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Subject: In a vacuum, can an ant survive a fall that would kill a human?

Date: Tue Oct 14 15:49:41 2003
Posted by Vaughn Emoto
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This is a variation on the "can an ant survive a fall from the empire state 
building" question. Ignoring the fact the ant/human would not survive in a 
vacuum and assuming that at a certain minimum height (30,40,50 ft) a human woud 
die from a fall, would an ant survive falling from the same height? This 
question came up after a round of golf and few can of beers. Words like 
terminal velocity were tossed around by some but we need an authoratative 
answer from an expert. Thanks in advance

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