A6_3 Taking the Moon to Mars

Christopher Philip Wallis, Rafferty James Lindon, Elliott Keith Day, Joseph Keith Mayes, Massimiliano Favaro-Bedford


We apply the Method of Patched Conics to estimate the trajectory the Moon would take if it were
to be removed from its current orbit and placed in the same orbit at Mars. We calculate that
the velocity changes at Earth and Mars required for such a trajectory are 1906 m/s and 1356 m/s
respectively. We determine that it would take one coal burning power plant in excess of 11012
years to produce enough energy for just one velocity change, making the concept predictably
unfeasible with current technology.

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