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Lunar cycler approaching Earth, artwork

Lunar cycler approaching Earth, artwork

C006/4505

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WALTER MYERS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY WALTER MYERS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Lunar cycler approaching Earth. Computer artwork of a Lunar cycler (centre) rounding the south pole of the Earth near perigee, its closest approach to the Earth, while a trailing future generation space shuttle (right) prepares for a rendezvous. A lunar cycler (or Earth-Moon cycler) is a hypothetical spacecraft on a special trajectory that encounters the Earth and the Moon on a regular basis, typically every 9 or 14 days. Cyclers are potentially useful for transporting people or materials using little propellant. Instead, they rely on gravity assist manoeuvres to keep them going.

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