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Kinematics

Image showing the physics of flight on a drone.

Resources on Physics and Aerospace

Resource page including articles and career profiles related to physics and aerospace.

Artist’s conception of NASA’s Space Launch System

Escape Velocity

Why do a baseball and a rocket need the same launch speed to get from Earth into space? It has to do with physics and gravitational force.

Billiard balls and a cue stick on a felt-covered table (PIRO4D, Pixabay)

Billiards and Collisions

The game of billiards shows the principles of collisions, momentum & impulse, and kinetics at work!

Pitcher holding a baseball

Why Do Curveballs Curve?

Bernoulli’s equation is key to understanding why curveballs curve.

Mars Science Laboratory Parachute Qualification Testing

Testing Parachutes for Mars

NASA engineers apply kinematics and dynamics to test parachutes designed specifically to help space probes land safely using aerodynamics.