Idealized Path of Apollo Missions
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.
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.