From the Moon to the Earth
August 17, 2006 12:33 PM Subscribe
Hypothetical from Moon-orbit to Earth-orbit question. I already know about free return trajectories, but what if something went wrong and your ship (currently orbiting the moon) didn't leave lunar orbit at the point it was supposed to? What might happen?
posted by np312 to Technology (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Let's say for sake or argument that there was a technical problem which kept the spacecraft from exiting Lunar Orbit (to return to earth) at the specific time or location it was supposed to. Can some smart people help me out figure out several ways this mistake might affect the return trip home?
Is it something that could be rectified on the way back to earth, with no real issues? Or would it require landing somewhere different than where you had originally planned? Would it increase the risk of coming into earth orbit at a dangerous angle and/or speed?
Help me think of any and every worst case scenario for this scenario. Thanks!