Escape Velocity and Why It Matters for Your Career

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If you want to launch a rocket into outer space, you have to (spoiler alert) do a lot of math. One calculation of particular importance is that of escape velocity.

Escape velocity is the minimum speed needed for an object to break free from the gravitational pull of a massive body like a planet. If the object fails to reach this speed, it will eventually fall back to the…