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Ever wanted to have a go at flying a real spaceship to a real planet under real physics?

Probably won't happen.

But Orbiter is a free space flight simulator which doesn't require a monster computer to run.

It's fiendishly complicated, but I managed to achieve orbit tonight (though I realized that trying to impatiently descend is a bad idea when I was at 50,000m from the surface and still traveling at 7kms). Naturally, once I learned this I immediately used a docked spaceship at the ISS to propel the ISS into an orbit that intersects with the earths atmosphere and then sat back and watched the fireworks as I managed to bullseye Ohio...
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