A change in the flight path of a spacecraft using the gravitational pull of a celestial body. Compare with slingshot.
- This will be the first time lunar swingbys have been used to manipulate orbits of more than one spacecraft.
- The current controversy concerning Cassini's upcoming Earth swingby centers on the risk of the spacecraft accidentally re-entering the Earth's atmosphere.
- A swingby is efficient and cost-effective.
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