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Title: Lunar transfer trajectory design and the four-body problem
Authors: Miller, J. K.
Issue Date: 2-Feb-2003
Citation: AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Abstract: The existence of a ballistic trajectory from the Earth to orbit about the Moon was long considered to be impossible based on analysis of the three-body problem. In 1990 a ballistic trajectory from the Earth to lunar orbit was discovered while analyzing a plan to salvage the Muses A (Hiten) spacecraft. This trajectory utilized the Sun's gravity in conjunction with the Earth and Moon's gravity and was thus the first example of a practical four-body trajectory design. This paper presents a review of lunar transfer trajectories that go beyond three-body theory and the Jacobi integral. These include Hiten, Lunar A and the Genesis return trajectory from the vicinity of the Moon to Earth.It is shown that these trajectories may be analyzed by piecing together segments where three-body motion dominates.
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