|Basics of Space Flight - Gravitation and Mechanics|
In any solar system, planets move in orbits around a star, bound to it by gravitation. Orbital paths are elliptical in shape. Users can explore concepts such as gravitational force, the properties of ellipses, Newton's principles of mechanics, Kepler's laws, orbital acceleration, and tidal effects. This is part of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Basics of Space Flight training module. A glossary, dictionary of units of measure, and links to other parts of the module and to related topics are provided.
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