In my previous post I talked about how it is nearly impossible for Spider-Man to save a falling person by shooting a web. The necessary force to immediately stop fast-moving things are too great for human bones to handle. So if that’s the case, how can superheroes constantly save falling people while still being scientifically accurate. Well, one good example of the is from Superman, where Superman saves first Louis Lane and then a falling helicopter. I haven’t seen the movie, but was aware of the scene due to this discussion in The Big Bang Theory.
For those who are too lazy to watch it is basically the same argument. As soon as Superman catches Louis, she should be sliced into three parts because of the force Superman’s arms insert. But this time, Leonard proposes a solution. If Superman matches Louis’ speed and decelerates, then he can hold her without damaging. Of course, Sheldon dismisses this and says there isn’t enough space and time.
Yesterday, after writing the post, I was reminded of this scene. So I decided to watch it and realized that Leonard was, in fact, right. If you look closely you can see that when Superman catches Lois, they are still going downwards. This means that Superman indeed matches her speed and the decelerates to cause no harm. Now, that’s how you save falling people.