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"We follow the scientists around and look over their shoulders. They're watching their feet: provable mistakes are bad for them. We're looking as far ahead as we can, and we don't get penalized for mistakes."
- Larry Niven

Ship Pushes Moon  
  Altering the course of a small moon by pushing on it with a rocket motor.  

How to destroy the entire Martian space fleet, parked on the surface of Mars?


(Buck Rogers: the rocket ship gets in position)


(Buck Rogers: the rocket ship pushes a moon)


(Buck Rogers: the moon spirals in)

Technovelgy from Buck Rogers, 2430 AD, by Philip Nowlan (w/D. Calkins).
Published by Not Known in 1929
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The strip's dialogue and narration are as follows:

Byron had turned our ship over, so it's stern bumper pressed against Phobos, the tiny moon of Mars, in a direction opposite its orbital motion. But what had this to do with destroying the Martian space fleet?

Suddenly Byron ordered the rocket motors on full blast astern and -

Our tiny craft shoved and strained against the speeding little moon.

We had only to check the moon's speed a trifle to upset its orbital balance - it began to spiral down.

Compare to rocket engine moves moon from The Space Dwellers (1929) by Raymond Z. Gallun, the asteroid rocket from Salvage in Space (1933) by Jack Williamson, planetary propulsion blasts from Thundering Worlds (1934) by Edmond Hamilton, moving a planet from Triplanetary (1934) by EE 'Doc' Smith and move an asteroid from Misfit (1939) by Robert Heinlein.

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