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    If missiles can be compared to real life ballistic weapons, it could be compared to a hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher, or as many commonly know it by: a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. Samus’ missiles may also utilize what’s know as the Munroe effect, [1] the reinforcement of shock waves in the concave, hollow end of a shaped charge, producing a greater resultant wave and concentrating the explosion along the axis of the charge. In other words, these missiles could be described as high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warheads. Why? In Metroid: Other M, upon encountering Adam, Anthony, and the others, Lyle lets Adam know that the explosives are ready, but upon his attempt at destroying the barrier wall, it remains intact. [2]

    Anthony expl…

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    For some time I’ve been using TNT as the explosive material for Samus’ power bombs, but I suspect that I’ve been doing this incorrectly all this time, simply because nuclear bombs use fissiles, material capable of sustaining a nuclear fission chain reaction. While the use of G. I. Taylor’s method, (R^5 ρ) / t^2 [1] isn’t incorrect, the assumption that power bombs use TNT is. Indeed, TNT is one of the most common explosives, but for nuclear weapons? I don’t think so. That would be Uranium-235.

    From UC Davis ChemWiki, [1] we are told that the amount of mass lost in the fission process is equal to 3.2 × 10^-11 J. We are then asked how much energy would be released if 1 gram of U-235 undergone fission. The equation for this is as follows:

    (1.00 …

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    It has been a commonly held belief that because the annihilator beam uses both matter and anti-matter, it must be capable of producing energy comparable to that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. This likely comes from the scan regarding Quadraxis, which tells us, “Its primary weapon system fires destructive matter-antimatter blasts.” [1] This was then applied to Samus to give people the impression that because she can survive Quadraxis’ matter-anti-matter attack, she must be able to survive 21 kilotons of TNT. While it’s true that half a gram of matter and half a gram of anti-matter would generate an energy equivalence, this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true for the annihilator beam, since we never observe such destruction i…

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    In Super Metroid, after Samus defeats Mother Brain, planet Zebes is set for self-destruct and eventually explodes. The title of this article isn't entirely accurate as I'm more interested in the gravitational binding energy and just how much energy would be required for Zebes to no longer be in a gravitationally bound state. The equation to determine this is U = 3GM^2/5R where G is the gravitational constant, M is the planet's mass, and R is the planet's radius. While Retro Studios offered us information about the mass of Zebes, this has been considered a flub on Retro's part by the Metroid community. The reason is because by changing "trillion teratons" to "billion teratons", we end up with what's known as sextillion tons. Zebes' mass wou…

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    In my last calculation regarding the power bomb, I ended up with a yield of 376.76 tons of TNT, but what I failed to do here is consider that this explosion goes farther than a 30 m. radius. While Room MW is 30 m. long, moving towards one end of the room and using a power bomb will show that half of this power bomb can still reach half of the room’s length, which is 15 m. Multiply this by 2 and you end up with 30 m. Add that with the 30 m. room itself and you end up with 60 m. I’ll use the equation from the late G. I. Taylor again and assume we’re using TNT, since that’s a common explosive in the military. TNT has a detonation velocity of 6,900 m/s, so it’ll take 8.69 milliseconds for it to cover 60 m. The energy would be 12,597,606,000,00…

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