1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Sputnik I was launched into orbit around Earth in 1957. It had a perigee (the closest approach to Earth, measured from Earth's center) of 6.81 × 106 m and an apogee (the furthest point from Earth's center) of 7.53 × 106 m. What was its speed when it was at its perigee? The mass of Earth is 5.97 × 1024 kg and G = 6.67 × 10- 11 N ∙ m2/kg2 2. Relevant equations F=GMm/r2 F=mv2/r 3. The attempt at a solution I tried to use the formula above which is GM/r=v2, however I substituted both 6.81x106 ,7.53x106 and took the average of two of them , the answer still did not match with the MC answer which is 7840m/s I am curious about what should be the radius, and actually the orbit is not a perfect circle with a perigee and an apogee , is it acceptable to use the equation in circular motion . Thank you.