Matter & Interactions 2nd ed. Practice Problems
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1350001     Gravitational field and the weight of an astronaut in the International Space Station.     1350001
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The International Space Station orbits Earth at an altitude of about 350 km (from Earth's surface).

  1. What is the magnitude of Earth's gravitational field g at the altitude of the space station?
  2. What is the weight of a 90-kg astronaut who is in the space station? (Note weight in this case is defined as the gravitational force by Earth on the astronaut.)