Fun Video: How to Get to Mars
Ever wonder what it takes to get to Mars? This NASA animation explains in simple terms some key things to consider.
Mars and Earth orbit around the sun in different, circular paths that never touch. Scientists use a maneuver called a Hohmann transfer orbit to ensure the spacecraft uses as little fuel as possible to get to Mars. The Hohmann orbit is a path that just touches both the original and destination orbits. It involves two firings of the spacecraft's engine: one to break out of the original orbit and another to enter the destination orbit. Once a spacecraft enters Mars' orbit, the pull of gravity can bring it close enough to land.
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Life's Little Mysteries: Gift Edition Hardcover Book
Uncover the truth behind more than 100 mysteries that surround us every day with our new hardcover book! Perfect for gifts and classrooms, and suitable for all ages. Some of the included mysteries are:
- Why Do Cats Land on Their Feet?
- How Long Does it Take to Make Petrified Wood?
- What Everyday Things Around Us Are Radioactive?
Find out all of this and much, much more in our NEW hardcover book.
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