Description 
1 online resource (x, 310 pages) : illustrations 
Contents 
ADVENTURES IN CELESTIAL MECHANICS; CONTENTS; PREFACE; 1 ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS: AN HISTORICAL REVIEW; 2 CIRCULAR ORBITS; 3 THE GENERAL PROBLEM OF TWO BODIES; 4 ELLIPTIC ORBITS; 5 ROCKETS; 6 ENERGY RELATIONSHIPS: HYPERBOLIC AND PARABOLIC ORBITS; 7 KEPLER'S EQUATION AND LAMBERT'S THEOREM; 8 ORBITAL MANEUVERING OF SPACECRAFT; 9 ELEMENTS OF SPACECRAFT DYNAMICS; 10 PLANETARY EXPLORATION; 11 GENERAL PERTURBATION THEORY AND A SPECIFIC APPLICATION TO THE MOTION OF THE PLANET MERCURY; 12 THE MOTION OF EARTHORBITING SATELLITES; 13 THE PROBLEM OF THREE BODIES AND THE STABILITY OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM 
Summary 
A fascinating introduction to the basic principles of orbital mechanics. It has been three hundred years since Isaac Newton first formulated laws to explain the orbits of the Moon and the planets of our solar system. In so doing he laid the groundwork for modern science's understanding of the workings of the cosmos and helped pave the way to the age of space exploration. Adventures in Celestial Mechanics offers students an enjoyable way to become acquainted with the basic principles involved in the motions of natural and humanmade bodies in space. Packed with examples in which these principle 
Notes 
Title from title screen (viewed Feb. 18, 2008) 
Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references and index 
Subject 
Celestial mechanics.


Orbits.

Form 
Electronic book

Author 
Mark, Hans, 1929

ISBN 
3527617787 

3527617795 (electronic bk.) 

6611764429 

9783527617784 

9783527617791 (electronic bk.) 

9786611764425 

(cloth ; alk. paper) 
