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Astronautics: the physics of space flight

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Published

<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2012
<mark>Journal</mark>Contemporary Physics
Issue5
Volume53
Number of pages2
Pages456-457
<mark>Original language</mark>English

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.

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