When starships meet in space, they are always topside in the same way. Wouldn't it be totally random? I can understand when a ship is in orbit that the planet is 'down', but even then, it should make no difference.

  • The duplicate question has answers that explain this well in Star Trek and other fictional universes with artificial gravity. I just want to point out that in our universe and other more realistic fictional universes (The Expanse comes to mind), "topside" for a thrusting spaceship would always be the direction it is traveling, not perpendicular like in Star Trek. – tobiasvl Nov 22 '16 at 9:24

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