EDWARD BELBRUNO Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University; N.J. 08544-1000, U.S.A.
4.5. Origin of the Moon
The application of methods of dynamical systems theory to the field of astrodynamics has uncovered new types of low-energy trajectories that have many important applications. In particular, for the purpose of finding transfer trajectories from the Earth to lunar orbit. The mechanism used to obtain a transfer that is ‘low energy’ is called ‘ballistic capture’. This is a process where a spacecraft ...