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Many people believe that orbiting astronauts feel

University Physics | 13th Edition | ISBN: 9780321675460 | Authors: Hugh D. Young, Roger A. Freedman ISBN: 9780321675460 31

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Problem 21DQ

Many people believe that orbiting astronauts feel weightless because they are “beyond the pull of the earth’s gravity.” How far from the earth would a spacecraft have to travel to be truly beyond the earth’s gravitational influence? If a spacecraft were really unaffected by the earth’s gravity, would it remain in orbit? Explain. What is the real reason astronauts in orbit feel weightless?

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Step 1: The spacecraft would travel infinitely long distance from Earth to experience zero gravitational pull.

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Textbook: University Physics
Edition: 13
Author: Hugh D. Young, Roger A. Freedman
ISBN: 9780321675460

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