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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.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Assessment / Evaluation
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Physics
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-Edmall-2413
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contributor: NASA JPL
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/