OK. Need some help from our local smart-folk. Being the holiday season and having a slow time at work, a co-worker and I got into a discussion of space travel. Funny thing, graphic designers discussing rocket propulsion, but I digress. What I need is the answer to this question: If you were able to get a multi-staged rocket (not sure if thats the correct term) into space without firing it, could you then fire it in a designated direction at oh, say 5,000 MPH, then launch a totally seperate rocket from that original rocket at 5,000 MPH making the second rockets speed 10,000 MPH? By multistaged rocket, I dont mean the kind that fall apart after its fuel has been spent. I mean a really big rocket, with another totally seperate rocket on its tip (or side or whatever). Once the main rocket has reached its top speed, the second rocket would then launch from the first rocket in an attempt to go faster than it could if it started from a dead stop. Stupid, I know. But what do you expect from people with a lot of time on their hands?