Planetary Motions, Satellite Dynamics, and Spaceship Orbits
Month: July 2013
Date: July 22--26
Name: Planetary Motions, Satellite Dynamics, and Spaceship Orbits
Location: Centre de recherches mathématiques, Montréal, Canada.
The initial goal of Celestial Mechanics was to explain the motion of the Sun, the Moon and planets. Nowadays the mathematical methods of Celestial Mechanics find several different applications, including the determination of the dynamics of planets, asteroids, comets, artificial satellites, and the design of orbits for interplanetary travels. The discovery in the '90s of the Kuiper belt and of extrasolar planetary systems gave a new impulse to Celestial Mechanics as a mean to understand the birth, evolution, and the future of the planetary system around the Sun as well as of those around other stars. Also, the observational campaigns of small bodies of the solar system and the increase of the number of artificial satellites around our planet led to a new field of application of Celestial Mechanics: the safeguard of planet Earth. Dismissed satellites and space rockets constitute dangerous space debris around the Earth, which must be carefully monitored and eventually removed.