Physics Practice Problems Vertical Motion & Free Fall Practice Problems Solution: A lunar lander is making its descent to Moon Base ...

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Solution: A lunar lander is making its descent to Moon Base I. The lander descends slowly under the retro-thrust of its descent engine. The engine is cut off when the lander is 5.0 m above the surface and has a downward speed of 0.80 m/s . With the engine off, the lander is in free fall. What is the speed of the lander just before it touches the surface? The acceleration due to gravity on the moon is 1.6/s2.

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A lunar lander is making its descent to Moon Base I. The lander descends slowly under the retro-thrust of its descent engine. The engine is cut off when the lander is 5.0 m above the surface and has a downward speed of 0.80 m/s . With the engine off, the lander is in free fall. The figure shows a lunar lander landing on the Moon. The vertical distance from the lander to the ground is shown to be 5.0 meters.

What is the speed of the lander just before it touches the surface? The acceleration due to gravity on the moon is 1.6/s2.