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This video is about the orbital mechanics of why it’s so hard to crash into the sun – the energy it takes to get there is astoundingly high, compared with leaving the solar system.
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International Atomic Energy Association report on nuclear waste storage:
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Info about sun dive delta v from low earth orbit
More on rocket burns
Sun dive probe
Other plans (jupiter assists) vs repeat Venus assist:
Solar Probe Plus technical paper:
Mercury Messenger Trajectory:
Online calculator for orbital velocities, escape velocities, etc:
Effective potential (possibly with interactive mathematica notebook?):
Equations for elliptical orbit speeds, etc:
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