# Elliptic Trajectory

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*The Great Soviet Encyclopedia*(1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.## Elliptic Trajectory

one of the types of trajectories that may be followed by a mass point or the center of mass of a body moving in a Newtonian gravitational field. Suppose, for example a body located near the surface of the earth is given an initial velocity *v*_{0} < *v*_{2}, where km/sec is the escape velocity (*R* is the earth’s radius, and *g* is the acceleration of gravity). If atmospheric resistance is disregarded, the body’s center of mass describes, in a first approximation, an elliptic trajectory.

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