When a leaf falls on a windy day, it drifts and tumbles, tossed
every which way on the breeze. This is chaos in action. In Fly
Me to the Moon, Edward Belbruno shows how to harness the same
principle for low-fuel space travel--or, as he puts it, "surfing
the gravitational field."
Belbruno devised one of the most exciting concepts now being used
in space flight, that of swinging through the cosmos on the
subtle fluctuations of the... more...