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This set of three web pages provides a calculation of paths, times, and distances for a flight to Mars and back. The author uses a Hohmann transfer ellipse between two circular orbits. This is an example and application of Kepler's Laws, which are explained in related web pages. Only algebra is used with Kepler's laws and the equation for the energy of Kepler motion.  This is part of an extensive work, "From Stargazers to Stars that uses space science as an introduction to basic physics principles.  Also available in French.
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Astronomy
- Fundamentals
= Celestial Mechanics
- Space Exploration
Classical Mechanics
- Gravity
= Kepler's Laws
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© 1998 David P. Stern
Keywords:
Hohmann, Kepler, ellipse, gravity, mars, orbits, space travel
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Metadata instance created May 9, 2004 by David Stern
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March 10, 2010 by Lyle Barbato
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December 12, 2004
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D. Stern, (1998), WWW Document, (http://www.phy6.org/stargaze/Smars1.htm).
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D. Stern, Flight to Mars: How Long? Along what Path?, (1998), <http://www.phy6.org/stargaze/Smars1.htm>.
APA Format
Stern, D. (2004, December 12). Flight to Mars: How Long? Along what Path?. Retrieved September 18, 2014, from http://www.phy6.org/stargaze/Smars1.htm
Chicago Format
Stern, David. Flight to Mars: How Long? Along what Path?. December 12, 2004. http://www.phy6.org/stargaze/Smars1.htm (accessed 18 September 2014).
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Stern, David. Flight to Mars: How Long? Along what Path?. 1998. 12 Dec. 2004. 18 Sep. 2014 <http://www.phy6.org/stargaze/Smars1.htm>.
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