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Astronautics: The Physics of Space Flight

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Published

Journal publication date2012
JournalContemporary Physics
Journal number5
Volume53
Number of pages2
Pages456-457
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

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.