Launch to Mars

Lab type: 
Virtual lab
Lab owner: 
Michael Fowler
Contact person: 
Michael Fowler
Age range: 
14-16, 16-18
Language: 
English
Level of difficulty: 
Easy
Booking required: 
No
 
Lab description and primary aims of the lab: 

 

This applet plots the orbital motion of a spaceship launched from Earth at a given speed. Students need to find the best orbit to Mars by launching at a different speeds and at different times, to meet with Mars as it moves around its orbit. 

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