You’re still orbiting earth as an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.
Moving between compartments causes you to stop, and you can’t reach any handholds.
To get back on track, you can think of several strategies. You can then use conservation of momentum to determine which one would work best.
How do you finally get there?
Answer to Question: PHY101 Introductory Physics With Laboratory
A space station can be described as a large satellite that astronauts will use to live in orbit for extended periods. It also serves as a base for conducting scientific operations from space.
Space stations have conditions that are quite different to the ordinary atmospheric conditions here on Earth.
Handholds and zero gravity are used by astronauts at the international space station to aid movement (Becker 2017, 2017).
This paper describes the options an astronaut has for moving even if they can’t access handholds.
To evaluate the effectiveness of each approach, the paper employs the principle o conservation of. This principle is also used to consider the conservation of momentum.
To avoid fatal mistakes, astronauts should be able to understand how motion happens in an international space station.
Brosing (2014) stated that conversation of momentum refers to the sum of the momentum of two bodies prior and after collisions. This is true if the collisions take place in an isolated environment.
Because the international space station exists in an isolated system, the overall momentum within it is constant.
Momentum is a function of mass and velocity. It is also known as a vector quantum.
This principle plays a crucial role in the relationship to motion in a space station.
For astronauts who have lost their handholds, “swimming” is the best way to move.
However, buoyancy in zero-gravity spaces is less than that of water (Kolev, 2015).
Because friction is not an issue, it will be hard to stop when the astronaut reaches his destination. The astronaut may then crash into something and according to the conservation-of-moment principle, the collision might be elastically or inelastic.
This method is fraught with complications and should not be used.
Another option is that an astronaut can throw an object into his hands in the opposite direction, generating enough momentum to propel him/her toward the destination.
The astronaut can throw the object in an opposite direction to the action force to accelerate him/her to their destination (Stenzel (2016)).
According to conservation of energy principles, the object will move with the exact same momentum. It may collide or impact with station vital components and cause damage.
This is why it is not a viable alternative.
To reach their destination, an astronaut could also push against walls to reach it.
The wall’s reaction force provides velocity for the astronaut.
The astronaut can “bounce”, or bounce, from wall to wall before finally reaching his destination.
This approach is consistent with the conservation-of-moment principle (Brosing (2014)).
This approach is preferred because stopping changes are small and objects floating in the air are eliminated.
To summarize, it is crucial that the principle conservation of momentum be applied to space station motion.
To ensure that the space mission is successful, several precautions have been taken.
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