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Astronautics: the physics of space flight

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Journal publication date2012
JournalContemporary Physics
Number of pages2
Original languageEnglish


Space flight provides beautiful examples of the Newtonian dynamics that teachers of physics have always wanted to demonstrate for their students – the consequences of Newton’s Laws and gravitation writ large, and with the effect of dissipation also coming in at the launch of the spacecraft and (especially) duringmits re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. For physicists, the basic principles of space flight are self-evident, but how best to apply them is far less obvious.

Bibliographic note

Date of Acceptance: 03/08/2012 The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Contemporary Physics, 53 (5), 2012, © Informa Plc