Latest Lagrangian point Stories

Former Astronauts Reboot NASA ISEE-3 Probe For Original Mission
2014-07-07 12:46:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a 27-year slumber, NASA’s International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3) spacecraft has reawakened – firing its thrusters on July 2 in preparation for a major course change. As part of the ISEE-3 Reboot Project being run by former NASA astronauts, the firing of the rockets caused the craft to increase its rotation rate from 19.16 revolutions per minute (rpm) to 19.76 rpm. “All in all, a very good day,” wrote project...

Gaia Orbits Nothing
2014-01-15 13:51:10

[ Watch the Video: Gaia Reaches Virtual Point Of Nothingness ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gaia spacecraft made a final, modest adjustment yesterday afternoon to keep it on track for its orbit around nothing. Gaia, which is being branded as ESA’s billion-star surveyor, finalized it’s entry into orbit around a virtual point far out in space known as L2. ESA said that Gaia made a short thruster burn on Tuesday to help...

Trojan Asteroids Are More Common Than Previously Believed
2013-08-30 05:06:06

[ Watch the Video: QF99 Motion Animation ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The first Trojan asteroid sharing the orbit of Uranus has been discovered by University of British Columbia astronomers who believe the asteroid - 2011 QF99 - is part of a larger-than-expected population of transient objects temporarily trapped by the gravitational pull of the solar system's giant planets. Trojan asteroids share the orbit of a planet and occupy stable positions known as...

NASA Assigns Two Spacecraft To New Moon Study Mission
2013-07-10 08:59:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After successful completion of their science objectives earlier this year, two NASA spacecraft have been assigned a new mission to study how solar wind electrifies, alters and erodes the moon's surface. The data collected could reveal valuable information for future explorers and give planetary scientists a hint of what's happening on other worlds around the Solar System. The new mission's name is ARTEMIS, or Acceleration,...

Image 1 - The Mystery Of The Missing Moon
2011-09-08 06:52:06

  As early as Sept. 8th, NASA's GRAIL mission will blast off to uncover some of the mysteries beneath the surface of the Moon. That cratered gray exterior hides some tantalizing things — even, perhaps, a long-lost companion. If a paper published recently in the journal Nature* is right, two moons once graced our night skies. The proposition has not been proven, but has drawn widespread attention. "It's an intriguing idea," says David Smith, GRAIL's deputy principal...

2011-07-27 15:33:00

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers studying observations taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission have discovered the first known "Trojan" asteroid orbiting the sun along with Earth. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Trojans are asteroids that share an orbit with a planet near stable points in front of or behind the planet. Because they constantly lead or follow in the same orbit as the planet, they...

2011-06-29 10:31:10

The first of two ARTEMIS ("Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon's Interaction with the Sun") spacecraft is now in its lunar orbit. On June 22, ARTEMIS P1 began firing its thrusters to move out of its kidney-shaped "libration" orbit on one side of the moon, where it has been since January. Three successive maneuvers were used to kick the spacecraft out of its orbit and send it on a trajectory toward the moon. It continued on that path until June 27 at 10:04...

2010-09-14 08:15:00

In August 1960, NASA launched its first communications satellite, Echo 1. Fifty years later, NASA has achieved another first by placing the ARTEMIS-P1 spacecraft into a unique orbit behind the moon, but not actually orbiting the moon itself. This type of orbit, called an Earth-Moon libration orbit, relies on a precise balancing of the Sun, Earth, and Moon gravity so that a spacecraft can orbit about a virtual location rather than about a planet or moon. The diagrams below show the full...

2010-08-12 20:12:02

There are places in space where the gravitational tug between a planet and the Sun balance out, allowing other smaller bodies to remain stable. These places are called Lagrangian points. So-called Trojan asteroids have been found in some of these stable spots near Jupiter and Neptune. Trojans share their planet's orbit and help astronomers understand how the planets formed and how the solar system evolved. Now Scott Sheppard at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism...

2010-06-23 11:15:00

When you ask an astronomer about the James Webb Space Telescope's orbit, they'll tell you something that sounds like it came from a science-fiction novel. The Webb won't be orbiting the Earth "“ instead we will send it almost a million miles out into space to a place called "L2." L2 is short-hand for the second Lagrange Point, a wonderful accident of gravity and orbital mechanics, and the perfect place to park the Webb telescope in space. There are five so-called "Lagrange Points" -...

Latest Lagrangian point Reference Libraries

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Lagrangian Point -- In Lagrangian mechanics, a Lagrangian point (or L-point) is one of five positions in space where the gravitational fields of two bodies of substantial but differing mass combine to form a point at which a third body of negligible mass would be stationary relative to the two bodies. Bodies at the L-point will not move relative to the parent bodies if they are not perturbed by other gravitational forces. They are sometimes also referred to as libration points. The...

2004-10-19 04:45:42

Orbit -- An orbit is the path that an object makes around another object under the influence of some force. The classical example is that of the solar system, where the Earth, other planets, asteroids, comets, and smaller pieces of rubble are in orbit around the Sun; and moons are in orbit around planets. These days, many artificial satellites are in orbit around the Earth. Understanding orbits There are a few common ways of understanding orbits. -- As the object moves, it...

2004-10-19 04:45:41

Saturn's moon Helene -- Helene is a moon of Saturn, discovered by Laques and Lecacheux in 1980 from ground-based observations. It is co-oribtal with Dione and located in its leading Lagrangian point (L4) and hence is sometimes referred to as "Dione B". ----- Orbital radius: 377,400 km Diameter: 33 km (36 x 32 x 30) Mass: Unknown Orbital period: 2.7369 days Orbital inclination: 0.2 ----- NASA Learn more on this topic from eLibrary here:

2004-10-19 04:45:41

Saturn's moon Calypso -- Calypso is a moon of Saturn discovered by Pascu, Seidelmann, Baum and Currie in 1980 from ground-based observations. Calypso is co-orbital with the moon Tethys, and resides in Tethys' trailing Lagrangian point (L5). The moon Telesto resides in Tethys' leading Lagrangian point. ----- Orbital radius: 294,660 km Diameter: 26 km (34 x 22 x 22) Mass: Unknown Orbital period: 1.8878 days Orbital inclination: 0 ----- NASA Learn more on this...

Telesto (Saturn Moon)
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Telesto is a small Trojan moon of the sixth planet from the sun, Saturn. Telesto, which was discovered in 1980 by Smith, Reitsema, Larson and Fountain, is one of around 200 natural satellites in Saturnian orbit. It is one of only 62 moons that have a secure orbit, and only one of 53 named moons orbiting the ringed planet. Telesto was officially designated S/1980 S 13 and was officially named in 1983 after the Greek sea goddess of the same name. This moon is also designated as Saturn XIII...

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