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One is given three bodies: two relatievly massive (for example the Sun and a massive planet like Jupiter) and one relatievly small (for example a satellite) - meaning that its gravitational effect on the other two may be neglected or is "turned off" (depending on how you wish to formulate the problem). The two "massive" bodies, denote them by M1 and M2, are in a closed orbit around their centre of mass (CM). Does there exist a set of initial conditions (fot time t0) involving (velocities of M1 and M2, position of satellite relative to the centre of mass) which will "thrust" the satellite ad infinitum (i.e. for every distance from the centre of mass of the system (CMS), there exists a time t from t0, for which the satellite achieves this distance), provided that it does not move relative to the CMS at the biginning (t0). Basically what I am asking is, can I place the satellite in the gravitational field of two objects and thrust it ad infinitum with no beginnig kinetic energy relative to the CMS taking advantege only of the gravitational pulls of the objects (with a few limitations of course:) Naturally I would like only Newton to "bear on this problem" (general relativity would be slightly to much.

Also I've come across an interesting fact that given 5 objects (gravitation, Newton) they can go to infinity in finite time! If anyone has anything specific on that, feel free to post.