Ep 483: Stopping in Space

This episode was recorded on 3/8/2018 at 4:00 pm EST/ 1:00 PST/ 21:00 UTC!

It’s one thing to get from Earth to space, but sometimes you want to do the opposite. You want to get into orbit or touch down gently on the surface of a planet and explore it. How do spacecraft stop? And what does that even mean when everything is orbiting?

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Show Notes

Transfer orbits
Low Earth orbit
Geostationary transfer orbit
Bi-elliptic transfer
Hohmann transfer orbit
Terminal velocity
Why is Mars harder? Missions to Mars
Spirit and Opportunity Rovers landing
Curiosity Rover landing
“Seven Minutes of Terror” video
Lunar landings
Lunar Landing game
Philae (spacecraft) from Rosetta landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko


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