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Space travel

  1. Feb 10, 2013 #1
    Let me ask a strange question. is it posible to atract the gravitational pull of an object in space and some how use it to accelerate your space ship thrue space. Like reach out to Jupiter and lock in on its gravity and magnefie it for acceleration.
     
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  3. Feb 10, 2013 #2

    Bobbywhy

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    madawg70, Welcome to Physics Forums!

    If you were in a space ship on your way directly toward Jupiter, say, as you got closer Jupiter's gravity would accelerate you towards it. This answers the first part of your question.

    As for the second part, "reaching out and lock on its gravity and magnify it for acceleration", that seems impossible. There is a mechanism interplanetary spacecraft use called "gravitational assist", or "boost". A quick Google search would explain for you how that works.

    Feel free to ask any other questions you have right here. Members of PF are always willing to assist a true searcher learn more science.

    Cheers,
    Bobbywhy
     
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