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accepted How does Newtonian mechanics explain why orbiting objects do not fall to the object they are orbiting?
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comment How does Newtonian mechanics explain why orbiting objects do not fall to the object they are orbiting?
Ah. Now I get it. A force applied orthogonally to an object does not change the magnitude of its momentum. I meant to say magnitude of momentum instead of just momentum.
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comment How does Newtonian mechanics explain why orbiting objects do not fall to the object they are orbiting?
I guess what I do not understand is why gravity doesn't slow the object down. It's an external force acting upon the object but the object's momentum does not change.
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