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Problem: Your spaceship is in a circular orbit around planet X. The radius of the orbit is 9.00 x 106 m and the speed of the spaceship in its orbit is 2800 m/s. The radius of the planet is 4.00 x 106 m. What is the mass of planet X?

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Your spaceship is in a circular orbit around planet X. The radius of the orbit is 9.00 x 106 m and the speed of the spaceship in its orbit is 2800 m/s. The radius of the planet is 4.00 x 106 m. What is the mass of planet X?

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