Cislunar Debris Propagation Following a Catastrophic Spacecraft Mishap
The Air Force Institute of Technology’s Master’s of Science Astronautical Engineering civilian student, Mr. Nathan Boone’s “Cislunar Debris Propagation Following a Catastrophic Spacecraft Mishap,” was chosen as the 2021 AIAA Survivability “Best Professional Paper” award recipient. The image above is a simulation of debris from a spacecraft on a trajectory similar to the Apollo 13 spacecraft when it suffered its explosion on the way to the Moon. This data gives an idea of what may have happened to the debris following the Apollo 13 incident. Debris intersects much lower Earth orbital altitudes like lower earth orbit and geostationary equatorial orbit.