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NASA's Orbital Maths with Chris Hadfield

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Huge thanks to Chris Hadfield and for joining me for a day of mathematics. Stay tuned for our next video where we derive the rocket equation!

You can go and watch Lucie Green's first video with Chris Hadfield right now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Avwip5hpVOE

All about Chris and their amazing team.

Our trip to NASA was organised by the fantastic folks over at Cosmic Shambles.

With thanks to NASA and the team at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex via agreement with Trunkman Productions Ltd and The Cosmic Shambles Network. To discover more about the KSC please visit https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/

Free resources for teachers!
We have a complete guide to the mathematics in this video as well as some student worksheets and activities.

I should also say we went to Florida to film in February 2020, before the pandemic. Which is why it all looks so normal. It's surreal to think about it now!

- A few people have pointed out that I’m assuming a circular orbit. Yes indeed: I should have made it clearer in the video we were ignoring elliptical orbits as near-Earth is pretty much perfectly circular.
- And people are very upset I said I was in Orlando. Which was my fault: I meant to say “near Orlando” to help non-USA people orient themselves. I figured more people know where Orlando is (roughly) than Cape Canaveral. If it helps: Chris also pointed out my mistake (in the nicest way possible) once that shot was over but we didn’t have time to re-do it.
- Let me know if you spot any other mistakes!

Thanks to my Patreons who mean I can endure the hardship of a trip to Florida to hang out with an astronaut. Only kidding. I paid for that bit. But they covered the extra production costs. Here is a random subset of those fine Patreon People:

George Lawie
Jeremy Buchanan
Mark Mann

Filming and editing by Trunkman Productions
Extra help during the shoot thanks to Melinda Burton and Joanna Gostling
Flipchart by Matt Parker
Audio by Peter Doggart
Music by Howard Carter
Design by Simon Wright and Adam Robinson

MATT PARKER: Stand-up Mathematician

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