# What is the best approach vector for orbital capture by an outer solar system body?

I usually see the approach leg before an orbital injection trajectory around a body lying outside Earth's orbit drawn as catching up to it (moving in the same general direction/speed as the body's orbital vector) and approaching the far side of the planet/moon/etc. Does it ever make sense to approach the body from the near side, ahead of it, and still end up in orbit around the body? Can such a trajectory be accomplished without totally blowing your delta-v budget? If feasible and practicable, has any probe taken this approach vector?

• There is no difference in $\Delta V$ for the target point clock angle. The only difference for the single maneuver is the resulting periapsis or apoapsis given the closest approach distance. Feb 22 '14 at 4:26