A Journey to Mars.

Simulation of the journey of a spacecraft from the Earth to Mars. The journey is designed using Hohman's transfer orbits. The journey begins for t=0 when Mars is advanced 44 degrees respect to Earth and it takes 259 days to complete the elliptical orbit to Mars. After that, the spacecraft must wait during 466 days for a correct geometric configuration to come back. When t=23.3, then the angle between planets is 76 degrees. This is the moment when the spacecraft escapes Mars' orbit and returns the Earth.

 

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Resource Type
Activity
Tags
astronomy  ellipse  hohmann  orbit 
Target Group (Age)
15 – 18
Language
English (United Kingdom)
 
 
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4.0
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