1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Suppose there was a planet in deep space. Now drop an object in it's gravitational field. This object has no velocity whatsoever in any direction. Now, would this object start moving straight toward the planet (because that's the direction of net force) or follow a circular pathway (because gravity is a centripetal force). Please explain why? 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution My intuition tells me that this object would follow a circular pathway. But I have no way to rationalizing why.