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Re: Who discovered the sling shot effect that the Apollo spacecraft used.

Date: Mon Oct 16 21:18:09 2000
Posted By: Dennis K. Van Gemert, Engineer/Scientist, Expendable Launch Systems
Area of science: Physics
ID: 970661701.Ph

The Safe-Return (sling shot effect) trajectory was discovered by NASA to 
insure that if engine failure occured during flight, the spacecraft would 
return to the Earth within three days.


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