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P a Spacecraft Consumes More Fuel in Going from the Earth to the Moon than It Takes for a Return Trip. Comment on this Statement. - Physics

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A spacecraft consumes more fuel in going from the earth to the moon than it takes for a return trip. Comment on this statement.

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Solution

Yes, a spacecraft consumes more fuel in going from the Earth to the Moon than it takes for the return trip. In going from the Earth to the Moon, the spacecraft has to overcome the gravitational pull of the earth. So, more fuel is consumed in going from the Earth to Moon. However, in the return trip, this gravitation pull helps the spacecraft to come back to the Earth.

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HC Verma Class 11, 12 Concepts of Physics 1
Chapter 11 Gravitation
Short Answers | Q 19 | Page 224
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