"Flying through space ain't like dustin' crops, Boy."
Space travel is dangerous. Stuff can shoot you down, you can fly into planets, misjudge distances -- basically, you can die in many different and exciting ways.
Through careful flying, knowing the capabilities of your ship and your crew, and generally using your head, every lethal situation can be avoided. It just takes a bit of thinking and a bit of luck. This document is devoted to things to keep in mind when travelling the galaxy.
Part One: If you don't move, it can't hurt you.
If the ship you are at D=0 from moves, there is a chance you will both explode. There are some safety precautions. If the ship is not able to shoot at you, and if you are not able to shoot at it, then you'll just 'thunk' into it with no damage done. Only if the ship is a valid target is there danger. Planets and other objects are ALWAYS dangerous.
"But how do I get out of this situation," you ask. There are three ways: land on something, orbit something, or hyperspace out of the way. Only standard movement will kill you. "But I'm within 2,000 distance of the planet, too far away to land and too far to orbit" you counter. Hyperspace may still be an option. Choose a hyperspace vector that is not facing the planet. If the planet is at vector 1 0 0 from you, hyperspace to the system that is at -1 0 0 from you. If that's not an option, try the other directions. The vectors 0 0 1, 0 0 -1, -1 0 0, 0 1 0, and 0 -1 0 should also be possible. If they are not, then still: don't move.
Ask if anyone on your team has a ship with a bay that they'll let you land in. You can relaunch and be safe from there. If you feel skilled enough to do it, shoot down the other ship. Once it's destroyed, you can move with impunity.
If that is not possible, then ask a wiz for help. They will be able to help too. Or, simply quit out. You may lose the ship and what you're carrying, but it's better than dying. It would be possible then to either hitch a ride with another ship to recover it. Don't have security devices? There is a way to circumvent that, too.
In summary, the D=0 feature of the space system is the most common cause for unintentional space death. Follow the suggestions above and you should be safe. The next part will discuss preventative measures you can take to minimize your losses when they happen.
Part Two: Be prepared to die, because it's likely
All that said, space is a fun place to be, if you're into it. But it is unforgiving. Fly smart, and you'll be fine. But be prepared to take the consequences of your actions.
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