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Apr 21, 2012, 10:16am Top

Okay - if travel between planets is interplanetary travel, and travel between stars is interstellar travel, and travel between galaxies is intergalactic travel, what's the term for travel between a planet and its moon? (Not a rhetorical question, BTW - I honestly don't know the answer.)

Apr 21, 2012, 10:22am Top

Lunar travel

Apr 21, 2012, 10:28am Top

Travel between a planet and its sattelites (moons or lesser bodies) might be called periplanetary travel.

"Lunar travel" is open to the reading of travel on the lunar surface.

Apr 21, 2012, 10:38am Top

That's a "moon walk"

Apr 21, 2012, 12:12pm Top

But if one has their moon Buggy with them it could be a moon drive. Will the first canal we build on our sattelie be called Moon River?

Apr 21, 2012, 12:20pm Top

What do we call travel between the Earth and the moon? The Past.

Sorry, letting my age show.

Apr 22, 2012, 8:38pm Top

I'd call it "interplanetary travel," for the sake of not multiplying terms without necessity.

Travel between planets, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, etc. within a planetary system feel similar enough (especially when compared to interstellar or intergalactic travel) that I don't think you lose much lumping them under a single term . . .

Your mileage, obviously, may vary . . . :-)

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