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In the “slingshot effect,” the transfer of energy in an elastic collision is used to boost the energy of a space probe so that it can escape from the solar system. All speeds are relative to an inertial frame in which the center of the sun remains at rest. A space probe moves at 6.4 km/s toward Saturn, which is moving at 6.4 km/s toward the probe. Because of the gravitational attraction between Saturn and the probe, the probe swings around Saturn and heads back (nearly) in the opposite direction with speed vf. By what factor is the kinetic energy of the probe increased?
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