Posted by **Vanessa** on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 12:03pm.

Calculate the minimum change in velocity (delta V or ∆V) required for the Space Shuttle to decrease its altitude to 60 miles if it’s orbiting with an apogee of 236 miles and a perigee of 215 miles above the surface of Earth.

Use the rule of thumb that below an altitude of 500 miles, for every 2 feet per second (fps) change in the orbiting space craft’s velocity its altitude will change by 1 mile.

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