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In orbital mechanics and aerospace engineering, a gravitational slingshot is the use of the relative movement (e.g. orbit around the sun) and gravity of a planet to alter the path and speed of a journey in space.
This article comprises several gravitational slingshots towards the unknown as a particular kind of human experience. The journey to know more about the unknown features approximations of: The unknown as an orientation aid, the significance of reality, imagination and representation. An attempt to try to find reasons for its attraction by drawing parallels to the aesthetics of the vague and the sublime. Furthermore it is trying to give a portray of various unknowns represented in science and fiction, featuring reports, assumptions and hoaxes in various media.
“Technik ist die Anstrengung, Anstrengungen zu ersparen.” (José Ortega y Gasset, Betrachtungen über die Technik, 1949)