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Most recent answer: 12/03/2015
Q:
So lets say, I travel to space to the distance as moon's distance from earth. Lets say my mass and moon's mass is the same and there is no moon. Would I rotate around the earth just like moon does? I mean is that how gravity works?
- Shabarinath Pabba (age 28)
San Antonio, TX, USA
A:

You would orbit the Earth just like the mMoon does so long as something gave you a sideways push to start the orbiting. Otherwise, once your rocket (or whatever) was turned off, you'd just fall straight back to Earth.

Mike W.


(published on 12/03/2015)

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