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Gravity Assist, or Stealing a Planet's Angular Momentum and Getting Away With It

This video lesson presents gravity assist, or what is wrongly referred to as the gravitational slingshot. “Gravity assist” is a maneuver performed by interplanetary spacecraft to travel farther on less fuel. It is a classic exercise in Newtonian mechanics.

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Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies (BLOSSOMS)

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MIT TechTV