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# This creature is the fastest in the world. What is it, and what is its approximate top speed?

Question #58261. Asked by romeomikegolf. (Jul 11 05 8:28 AM)

Arpeggionist

A cow dropping from a plane flying at 30,000 feet.

 Jul 11 05, 9:06 AM
mochyn

all creatures dropped from planes reach the same speed

 Jul 11 05, 9:29 AM
mooseman93

peregrine falcon, about 270 miles per hour

 Jul 11 05, 9:32 AM
Arpeggionist

A creature dropped from a plane would fall faster than that.

 Jul 11 05, 11:07 AM
dejavucub4

Unless its some creature crawling downward on a peregrine falcon during its dive I'll go with peregrine falcon also.Terminal velocity and atmosheric resistance restricts most naturaly falling objects to about 120 M.P.H.

 Jul 11 05, 2:21 PM
barker111

Man moves pretty quick when he or she is hurtling into space aboard a rocket.

 Jul 11 05, 2:51 PM
Arpeggionist

Well, let's see now. about 240,000 miles to the moon (give or take), 4 days to get there - that's 60,000 miles a day. 60,000/24 =... (carry the 1...) You're right, humans would go about 2,500 MPH on average (or really a bit more) on a flight to the moon.

 Jul 11 05, 3:28 PM
Arpeggionist

And humans would go a couple times faster than that to Mars (it would take about 6 months to get 250,000,000 miles away - you do the math on that one).

 Jul 11 05, 3:29 PM
TheAlphaWolf

but then again, we are not the only organisms to have traveled/travel in a rocket

 Jul 11 05, 4:50 PM
peasypod

Er, have we all just skipped over the word 'rocket' here by any chance? ;)

Now, to answer the question, as mosey already has, it's the Peregrine falcon first, and the cheetah on land with 70mph per hour. (Pronghorn comes mighty close to that as well)

http://www.nwf.org/wildlife/americanpronghorn/fastest.cfm

 Jul 11 05, 9:51 PM
romeomikegolf

Yays to mooseman,although 270mph is a bit high, and to Peasey.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/birds/guide/p/peregrine/did_you_know.asp

 Jul 11 05, 10:37 PM

The human, when seated in the space shuttle, reaches speeds in excess of 17,000 mph during re-entry.

 Jul 12 05, 7:37 AM

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