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Tommy (Lost) in Space!

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RAY: Here's the answer. Tommy and the cheap toolkit are drifting into space. He takes the toolkit in frustration and throws it away. And by throwing it away, he creates a force in the opposite direction that thrusts backwards.

TOM: Wow.

RAY: It's Newton's third law of motion - for every action there's an equal and opposite reaction. So the action of thrusting the toolkit into space created the reaction of the toolkit actually exerting a force on Tommy and thrusting him toward the hatch and to safety. Do we have a winner?

TOM: We certainly do. Our winner this week is Linda Hoseck, from Crown Point, Indiana. And for having her answer selected at random from among all of the correct answers that we got, Linda is going to get a $26 gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division, with which she can get our new Distracted Driving T-shirt. Congratulations, Linda!

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