Race

WHAT WINS, WHEREVER

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Man versus machine, falcon fights tornado, rocket takes on planet, mountain against Bolt. Four races, four surprising victors.

In space

No resistance, because of the vacuum. In the 1970s, the two Helios probes flew faster than the quickest planet in our solar system.

In the air

Your granddad will know the winner here: The fastest manned aircraft is now more than 50 years old.

On land

Even mountains move, but the 5mm by which the Pakistani peak Nanga Parbat grows each year is countered by erosion.

In water

We can still only guess when it comes to the fastest submarines. For security reasons, no government will admit to their subs’ top speed.

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