Shane Ross

Virginia Tech

Are there ballistic trajectories connecting Earth orbits with orbits about any other planet or moon? 

The competing gravitational pull between celestial bodies creates a vast array of passageways that winds around the sun, planets and moons. These corridors are related to invariant manifolds of Lagrange points and other unstable resonant objects, such as mean motion resonances, connecting distant regions of the chaotic sea in phase space via interlinked 3-body interactions. We suggest that this complex interplanetary transport network may allow for a particle to go from a loosely bound orbit about any planet or moon of significant mass to a loosely bound orbit about any other, using no propulsion, if given sufficient time.

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Are there ballistic trajectories connecting Earth orbits with orbits about any other planet or moon?
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