Why did the Tesla Model S get the highest safety score ever from the NHTSA?

Imagine where things could have been had electric vehicles not been hampered by the oil propaganda…

Answer by Marc Hoag:

Because during the roof crush test, the crushing machine exploded at around 4 Gs of force before the roof failed.

That, and it nailed 5 stars in every single test, and numerically, actually exceeded a perfect 5.0.

If you're asking why it did so well, i.e., what about its construction allowed it to do so well, I can only speak to the frontal crash test and roll-over test:

Frontal test: The lack of an engine allowed exceptional space for a crumple zone, effectively allowing the Model S to dissipate frontal crash energy over a far greater distance and time — i.e., greater impulse — than any other internal combustion engine vehicle.

Roll-over test: the extreme lower center of gravity caused by the massive battery packs meant that the car could not be flipped using conventional testing means. That alone was a big deal, as the car had to be flipped using unorthodox testing methods. Suffice to say, if the roof survived 4 Gs of crushing force as mentioned above, it could certainly handle its own weight when being flipped.

Tesla S … the greatest car … in the world? It's certainly seeming that way. Let's see if Clarkson finally agrees.

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What is it like to live in space?

Answer by Garrett Reisman:

At first it's just weird.

All kinds of things are happening to your body.  Your vestibular system is all messed up – your inner ear isn't working at all and it's sending garbage signals to your brain.  Your heart, which is used to pumping against gravity to do its most important job, delivering oxygenated blood to your brain, is now pumping too much and your head gets all puffed-up.  (I woke up in the middle of my first night in orbit and wondered why I was standing on my head for a few seconds, until I realized, no – I was just in space.)  When you close your eyes to go to sleep, you see lightning flashes inside your eyeballs.

And you have a hard time just moving around.  The first day is filled with apologies as you inevitably kick or elbow your crewmates as you thrash around like a fish out of water.

But eventually you get the hang of it, and for those of us who were lucky enough to do long-duration missions, about a month into flight you finally really get used to it.  Then you wake up in the morning, float out of your sleeping bag, shoot across the space station like superman and turn a few somersaults on the way to the galley for breakfast.

Now you are a real spaceman!

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