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  1. #1 Lagrange's planetary equations 
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    Let’s say that a space probe orbiting the Sun in an elliptical orbit would emit heat towards the motion direction., and hence causing resistance against motion.
    Let’s say it would happen exactly half of its orbit, - and that the motion resistanceis 1E-9 m/s.
    The other half of the orbit the heat escape would be turned to acceleration instead, also 1E-9 m/s.

    I believe this would cause the space prove to get its own perihelion precessionanomaly.

    I know I must use Lagrange's planetary equations, but this is above my head.

    How can such be calculated?
    (Thisis not homework)

    Last edited by Bjarne; April 4th, 2012 at 05:01 AM.
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