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1artturnerjr
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.)

2suitable1
Apr 21, 2012, 10:22am Top

Lunar travel

3paradoxosalpha
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.

4suitable1
Apr 21, 2012, 10:38am Top

That's a "moon walk"

5pgmcc
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?

6TLCrawford
Apr 21, 2012, 12:20pm Top

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

Sorry, letting my age show.

7ABVR
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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