Idealized Path of Apollo Missions

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This Demonstration shows a representative idealized trajectory from Earth to the Moon followed by the Apollo missions. The relative sizes of Earth and the Moon are correct, but distances are not to scale. You can simulate an Apollo mission using the buttons or the slider.

Contributed by: Aditya Guru (March 2018)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



Snapshot 1: Apollo spacecraft approaching the Moon

Snapshot 2: Apollo spacecraft orbiting the Moon

Snapshot 3: Apollo spacecraft returning to Earth

This was a project for Advanced Topics in Mathematics II, 2017–2018, Torrey Pines High School, San Diego, CA.

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