Documents and PowerPoints
Excerpt from NASA Basics of Space Flight
Mechanics & Other Fun Stuff Pt I.ppt
Orbital Mechanics & Other Fun Stuff Pt
Kepler's Law of Planetary Motion.ppt
Laws of motion apply to any celestial body orbiting any
other celestial body.
Planet/stellar size comparison graphics
MRO Trajectory Viewing
1. Click on the "MRO Setup" button in the Custom Events window.
You should see the view change to the solar system with Mars and
the Earth scaled up 1000 times in size.
2. In the Time Control Window under "Speed" make sure that the
units are set to "6" and "Days."
3. Click the "play" button (the triangle) in the Time Control
4. Observe the MRO leaving Earth and proceeding to Mars.
5. When you are finished viewing this, click on "MRO Finish" in
the Custom Events window.
NOTE: If you didn't know, the MRO does not return to Earth as it
has remained in orbit around
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NASA/JPL Web Links
Basics of Space Flight - NASA
What is Orbit - NASA
System Dynamics-Orbits - NASA
Asteroids Group Information
Shoot a Cannonball into Space
Interactive demonstrates how orbits work.
Orbits and Kepler's Laws - NASA
Planetary and Satellite Motion: Kepler's Three
Laws -Physics Classroom
How Big is the Solar System
Planetary Fact Sheet
Table of planet facts and comparisons
Related Web Links
Moons of the Solar System
List of moons, number of moons, exploring moons, and Earth's
Kuiper Belt Objects - Dwarf Planets
Our solar system now has three classified dwarf planets: our
beloved Pluto, Eris, and Ceres.
The figure-8 path that the sun makes in the sky is called
Analemma - Photograph
Physics & Astronomy Online
Why does the shuttle fly upside down and
Stars and Stars of the Week
Stars, constellations, zodiac. A great resource while using
Uniview since it has info about exo-planets and all kinds of useful
MULTIMEDIA - IMAGES
Click on image/link for larger view
An illustration of Newton's cannon, which
describes how gravity connects motion of everyday objects on Earth
to motion of celestial objects such as the Moon.
MULTIMEDIA - MOVES/INTERACTIVES
Click on image or link
What are Lagrange Points?
Sixty Symbols has released a video featuring
Professor Mike Merrifield, professor of astronomy at the University
of Nottingham explaining how Lagrange points work