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No Science in this Fiction
on November 20, 2007
Did Mary Pope Osborne do any research before writing this book?
First of all, when Jack and Annie are inside the moon base, there is normal gravity. Then, when they let the air pressure out so they can go on a moon walk, the gravity gets weaker! GRAVITY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH AIR PRESSURE!
Secondly, while Jack and Annie are walking around on the moon's surface, an asteroid falls down from the sky and lands in front of them, blocking their way out of a valley.
An asteroid that size would have made a huge crater. We are talking megaton explosion. Jack and Annie should have been space dust.
I know, I know, what about my willing suspension of disbelief? These are books about a magic tree house where mice understand human speech and time travel is possible. But why couldn't they visit a more realistic version of the moon? Osborne could have looked up a few simple scientific facts, couldn't she?
I hate to think of little kids growing up thinking that gravity is caused by air pressure.