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Does sound travel in space? We cannot come to a consensus in our science class. Please describe the physics.



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Sound needs a medium to travel in such as air. There is no such medium in space. The myth of sound in space has been promulgated by Hollywood in movies and tv: rocket engines firing and explosions would have little impact on the audience if there was no sound. A little anecdote: Harlan Ellison, one of our preeminent modern day science fiction authors, is the creative consultant for the tv show "Babylon 5", and has declared publicly that he will continue in that capacity only as long as we do not hear any explosions in outer space!

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