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Posts tagged orbits

June 23, 2011

 

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Collision Course (Planets)

Why are the planets where they are instead of somewhere else?

June 26, 2009

 

Space shuttle in space

Shuttle Glow

Did astronauts Jack Lousma and C. Gordon Fullerton see a ghost aboard their shuttle back in 1982? Find out on this Moment of Science.

March 8, 2006

 

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Beyond That Planet

Nowadays everybody knows there are nine planets in our solar system, but that information was hard won.

November 23, 2005

 

Haul Me Up or Haul You Down?

We’ve been imagining that we’re sitting in a geostationary satellite. That’s a satellite that orbits the equator at the same speed and direction as the earth turns. That means it’s always over the same spot of land, as if it were floating in the sky 22,500 miles up. We let down a rope to pull up some supplies. Will this work? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

November 23, 2005

 

A Wider Rope, Scotty

Are you familiar with a geostationary satellite? That’s a satellite that orbits the equator at the same speed as the earth turns, so it’s always over the same spot of land, 22,500 miles up. Could you let down a rope and pull up some supplies? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

January 3, 2005

 

A Stationary Satellite, part 2

Learn about stationary satellites on this Moment of Science.

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