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An Examination of "The Martian" TrajectoryThis analysis was performed to support a request to examine the trajectory of the Hermes vehicle in the novel "The Martian" by Andy Weir. Weir developed his own tool to perform the analysis necessary to provide proper trajectory information for the novel. The Hermes vehicle is the interplanetary spacecraft that shuttles the crew to and from Mars. It is notionally a Nuclear powered vehicle utilizing VASIMR engines for propulsion. The intent of this analysis was the determine whether the trajectory as it was outlined in the novel is consistent with the rules of orbital mechanics.
Document ID
20150019662
Document Type
Other
Authors
Burke, Laura (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Date Acquired
October 23, 2015
Publication Date
October 5, 2015
Subject Category
Astrodynamics
Report/Patent Number
GRC-E-DAA-TN27094
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 729200.02.03.01
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
Mars Trajectory Analysis

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