Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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Chapter 5 - Circular Motion; Gravitation - Misconceptual Questions: 11

Answer

Choice C.

Work Step by Step

If the payload became detached it would continue to orbit around the Earth, right next to the satellite. It is subject to the same gravitational force that it was before. To make the payload spiral in and hit the Earth, either it would have to be slowed down or it would have to be given a new component of velocity toward the Earth, but there are no forces around to do either of those things.
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