# Problem: Two meteoroids are heading for earth. Their speeds as they cross the moon's orbit are 2.0 km/s.A) The first meteoroid is heading straight for earth. What is its speed of impact?(B) The second misses the earth by 4500 km. What is its speed at its closest point?

###### FREE Expert Solution

Expression of conservation of mechanical energy:

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###### Problem Details

Two meteoroids are heading for earth. Their speeds as they cross the moon's orbit are 2.0 km/s.

A) The first meteoroid is heading straight for earth. What is its speed of impact?

(B) The second misses the earth by 4500 km. What is its speed at its closest point?