Astronomical Engineering: A Strategy For Modifying Planetary Orbits

@article{Korycansky2001AstronomicalEA,
  title={Astronomical Engineering: A Strategy For Modifying Planetary Orbits},
  author={Donald George Korycansky and Gregory P. Laughlin and Fred C. Adams},
  journal={Astrophysics and Space Science},
  year={2001},
  volume={275},
  pages={349-366}
}
  • Donald George Korycansky, Gregory P. Laughlin, Fred C. Adams
  • Published 2001
  • Physics
  • Astrophysics and Space Science
  • The Sun's gradual brightening will seriously compromise the Earth'sbiosphere within ∼ 109 years. If Earth's orbit migrates outward,however, the biosphere could remain intact over the entiremain-sequence lifetime of the Sun. In this paper, we explore thefeasibility of engineering such a migration over a long timeperiod. The basic mechanism uses gravitational assists to (in effect)transfer orbital energy from Jupiter to the Earth, and therebyenlarges the orbital radius of Earth. This transfer is… CONTINUE READING

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