Got this problem on a standardized test Suppose scientists wanted to land a probe ON the Sun. The probe is being launched from the Earth. What direction should they aim launch the probe if they are launching it from the Earth? 1) Directly towards the sun 2) Directly away from the Sun — obv wrong 3) In the direction of Earth's velocity 4) In the opposite direction to Earth's velocity My thoughts. While Sun is certainly attracting the probe gravitationally, probe should still keep following the Earth's velocity, so it shouldn't land directly on the Sun, but rather sway off it, following direction of Earth's rotation. So, I chose 4), to, presumably, counteract earths rotation, letting solar gravity pull the probe directly towards it. Please, please, explain me the proper thought process. Thanks.