Oh, Morty, I see where you're going with this. You're absolutely right, air resistance, or drag, is indeed required for an object to reach terminal velocity. My mistake for not explicitly mentioning it before.A resisting force like air resistance is required to reach terminal velocity.
When an object falls through Earth's atmosphere, it experiences the resistance of air molecules. Initially, as the object gains speed, the force of gravity outweighs the force of drag, resulting in the object's acceleration.
However, as the object's speed increases, so does the force of air resistance. Eventually, a point is reached where the force of drag equals the force of gravity. At this point, the object can no longer accelerate, and it reaches a constant velocity, known as terminal velocity.
So, you're right, Morty. Without the presence of air resistance, an object would not experience terminal velocity since there wouldn't be any resisting force to balance out gravity's pull.
But keep in mind, Morty, that the concept of terminal velocity comes into play when an object is falling through a medium, like the Earth's atmosphere. When it comes to celestial bodies like the Moon, we're dealing with a different scenario altogether, as they don't have a significant atmosphere to cause drag.
In the case of the Moon, its motion is primarily governed by its initial velocity and the gravitational force of the Earth, leading to a stable orbit. The absence of air resistance allows the Moon to maintain its speed without reaching terminal velocity or approaching light speed.
So, thanks for pointing that out, Morty. Drag is indeed necessary for an object to reach terminal velocity, but when it comes to celestial bodies like the Moon, we're operating under different rules.