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Distance from low earth orbit to Europa?

  1. Dec 10, 2007 #1
    Hey there! I am working on a design project and need to know the distance from low earth orbit to the orbit of Europa. Does anyone know this or know where I could find it? I know that it will vary based on the position of the earth and Europa, but I don't really need to know the orbital mechanics for this paper. I am just looking for a ballpark value that I can use as a design parameter. For simplicity's sake, let's say the probe in question will be launched when earth and Europa are closest.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Dec 10, 2007 #2

    mgb_phys

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    The distance from the sun to Jupiter is 5.2au so the closest approach to Earth is 4.2au
    Europa's orbit around Jupiter is only 0.004au so you can ignore this.

    (1 au is around 150 million Km)
     
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