Szebehely Győző (1921-1997)
The “Three-Body” Expert. Examining a transparent celestial sphere is General Electric’s cheerful specialist in space mechanics, Victor Szebehely (…) Recently he has been directing work on ways to slow down a spaceship before a moon landing. But he calls his most important contribution his study of the “three-body problem”: calculating how three celestial bodies - the earth, the moon and a spaceship, for example - constantly change position in relation to one another. No one formula has yet been found to cover all celestial trios, but Szebehely’s techniques have proved immensely valuable in space exploration. In: LIFE Science Library - Mathematics by David Bergamini and the Editors of LIFE. Time Inc, New York, 1963. Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt.

Szebehely Győző (1921-1997)

The “Three-Body” Expert. Examining a transparent celestial sphere is General Electric’s cheerful specialist in space mechanics, Victor Szebehely (…) Recently he has been directing work on ways to slow down a spaceship before a moon landing. But he calls his most important contribution his study of the “three-body problem”: calculating how three celestial bodies - the earth, the moon and a spaceship, for example - constantly change position in relation to one another. No one formula has yet been found to cover all celestial trios, but Szebehely’s techniques have proved immensely valuable in space exploration. In: LIFE Science Library - Mathematics by David Bergamini and the Editors of LIFE. Time Inc, New York, 1963. Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt.