Walkabout the Galaxy
Moon; space debris; rogue stars
Astrophysics and Astronomy | Physics
We’ve had more experience flying to the Moon than you might think, and done some odd things with it, like feeding it to cockroaches. Join us for a look at the history of flights to the Moon, an interesting crater produced by space debris, and a field of rogue stars lost in intergalactic space.
If you've got time to spare but not fuel to burn, consider ballistic capture for your next deep space mission. Taking advantage of the three-body problem to let your space craft coast into a gravitational capture, by your target lunar planet, ballistic capture lets you economize on rocket fuel. As an added bonus, ballistic capture has not special lift-off requirements so you can just pack up the rocket and blast off whenever you feel like it. If you've ever missed a launch window, try ballistic capture on your next flight. We promise you, you won't miss that launch window again. Ballistic capture, true to the game (Spaulding).
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Length of Episode
Colwell, Joshua; Dove, Adrienne; and Sargeant, Hannah, "Fly Me to the Moon Again and Again" (2022). Walkabout the Galaxy Podcast. 211.